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Exemplarity and Chosenness: Rosenzweig and Derrida on the Nation of Philosophy

Dana Hollander


This is a combined study of the philosophies of Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) and Franz Rosenzweig (1886–1929) that explores the question: How may we account for the possibility of philosophy, of universalism in thinking, without denying that all thinking is also idiomatic and particular? The book traces Derrida's interest in this topic, particularly emphasizing his work on “philosophical nationality” and his insight that philosophy is challenged in a special way by its particular “national” instantiations and that, conversely, discourses invoking a nationality comprise a philosophical ambition, ... More

Keywords: Jacques Derrida, Franz Rosenzweig, philosophy, universalism, thinking, philosophical nationality, German-Jewish authors, Jewishness, Judaism, election

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804755214
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804755214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dana Hollander, author