On the Origins of Rosenzweig's "Metaethics": Kant, Hegel and Goethe

Josiah Simon


In the following paper, I argue that a constellation can be formed around the idea of "individuality" within Rosenzweig's intellectual biography. By connecting his first published book, Hegel and the State, to the "Urzelle" or "Germ Cell," to Part I of The Star of Redemption, I show how the emergence of Rosenzweig's "metaethics" is revealed through his encounters with the historical personalities of Kant and Hegel, and in a different sense entirely, the figure of Goethe.

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