Category Archives: Germany

Beyond The Academic Ethic

Philosopher Stephen Turner published this essay in 2019: * the German academic system of the late nineteenth century, which became the model for the modern research university… * Harvard University, for the first three centuries of its existence, was essentially … Continue reading

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Hitler Laughing: Comedy in the Third Reich (6-21-21)

00:00 Cultural historian William Grange 01:00 Alexander Technique 03:00 My 2007 interview with William Grange 07:00 Aging and cognitive power 09:30 Writers block 12:00 American identity 15:00 African-American identity 20:00 The civil rights revolution 22:00 American theater and American identity … Continue reading

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The German Historicist Tradition

Here are some highlights from this 2012 book by Frederic Beiser: * …, historicism undermined the perennial search in Western philosophy to find transcendent justifications for social, political and moral values, i.e., the endeavor to give these values some universal … Continue reading

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Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer’s Program of Torah u-Madda

Marc B. Shapiro writes circa 2000: Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer (1820-1899) was, together with Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, the pioneer of Torah im Derekh Erez in modern times. Although each of them understood this concept differently, with Hildesheimer advocating Orthodox Wissenschaft … Continue reading

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Torah im Derekh Ereẓ in the Shadow of Hitler

Marc B. Shapiro writes circa 2006: With the coming to power of the Nazi regime, and the governmental determination to remove Jews from all aspects of German culture and public life, Torah im Derekh Erez took another hit. Here was … Continue reading

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