Hermann Cohen: Writings on Neo-Kantianism and Jewish Philosophy


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Editors: Samuel Moyn and Robert S. Schine

A fresh collection of writings by Hermann Cohen that sheds light on an often overlooked scholar.

Hermann Cohen (1842–1918) was among the most accomplished Jewish philosophers of modern times—if not the single most significant. But his work has not yet received the attention it deserves. This newly translated collection of his writings—most of which are appearing in English for the first time—illuminates his achievements for student readers and rectifies lapses in his intellectual reception by prior generations. It presents chapters from Cohen’s Ethics of Pure Will, selected essays and lectures, conflicting interpretations of Cohen by Franz Rosenzweig and Alexander Altmann, and finally the eulogy to Cohen delivered at graveside by Ernst Cassirer. Containing full annotations and selections that concentrate both on the philosophical core of Cohen’s writings and the politics of interpretation of his work at the time of his death and after, this anthology brings to light Cohen’s central accomplishments.




About the Editors

Samuel Moyn is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and professor of history at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books, including Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World and A Holocaust Controversy: The Treblinka Affair in Postwar France.

Robert S. Schine is the Curt C. and Else Silberman Professor of Jewish Studies at Middlebury College. He is the author most recently of Hermann Cohen: “Spinoza on State and Religion, Judaism and Christianity,” an annotated translation, with introduction, of Cohen’s 1915 essay.