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Transfinite Life : Oskar Goldberg and the Vitalist Imagination - by Bruce Rosenstock (Hardcover)

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Oskar Goldberg was an important and controversial figure in Weimar Germany. He challenged the rising racial conception of the state and claimed that the Jewish people were on a metaphysical mission to defeat race-based statism. He attracted the attention of his contemporaries--Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, Thomas Mann, and Carl Schmitt, among others--with the argument that ancient Israel's sacrificial rituals held the key to overcoming the tyranny of technology in the modern world. Bruce Rosenstock offers a sympathetic but critical philosophical portrait of Goldberg and puts him into conversation with Jewish and political figures that circulated in his cultural environment. Rosenstock reveals Goldberg as a deeply imaginative and broad-minded thinker who drew on biology, mathematics, Kabbalah, and his interests in ghost photography to account for the origin of the earth. Caricatured as a Jewish proto-****** in his day, Goldberg's views of the tyranny of technology, biopolitics, and the "new vitalism" remain relevant to this day.

Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Philosophy
Series Title: New Jewish Philosophy and Thought
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
Author: Bruce Rosenstock
Language: English
Street Date: November 20, 2017
TCIN: 52146461
UPC: 9780253029706
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-9701
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