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Understanding the Sick and the Healthy: A View of World, Man, and God, with a New Introduction by Hilary Putnam

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Franz Rosenzweig, one of the century's great Jewish thinkers, wrote his gem of a book in 1921 as a more accessible precis of his famous Star of Redemption. An elegant introduction to Rosenzweig's "new thinking," Understanding the Sick and the Healthy was written for a lay audience and takes the form of an ironic narrative about convalescence. With superb simplicity and bea ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Harvard University Press
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Gregory Kaplan
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My personal favorite of this brilliant Jewish thinker's writings, if only because it is his most "personal" book.
Steven Berbec
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rosenzweig delivers me from the sickness of reason and opens to me the world of common sense toward man, world and God.

Being healthy is a kind of living where one faces these three, asks of them, prays for and toward them and is delivered back to a confrontation—the reality of Death.

Rosenzweig urges is that we cannot be like the philosopher living from the abstractions of life, for he too is abstracted from living.

Fear is no longer what aids in avoiding death but rather accompanies us toward l
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Clear, revelatory. Now on to Star of Redemption.
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Franz Rosenzweig's story, like Gershom Scholem and Franz Kafka, was that of a return to the very core of Jewish life from the assimilated periphery. Rosenzweig was born into a wealthy, acculturated family in Kassel, Germany. After studying medicine, his scholastic interest shifted toward philosophy and his dissertation later became a two-volume study entitled Hegel und der Staat [Hegel and the Sta ...more
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