Review of Contemporary Religious Thinkers

Review of Contemporary Religious Thinkers, by Albert Levkowitz, Der Jude, Vol. 8, No. 7 (July 1924).  Reprinted in Gesammelte Schriften: Band 2.  Reprinted in Leo Strauss: The Early Writings.


In Contemporary Religious Thinkers: On Changes in the Modern Views of Life, which is a detailed review of the literature, Albert Levkowitz wants to acquaint with contemporary philosophy those Jewish readers who, because of their other pursuits, have not had the leisure to learn about if from the sources, or from the usual reports in the daily newspapers.  As a result, a certain crudeness in the argumentation and a certain repetition of things well known are unavoidable.  Standing on the solid ground of the religion of Judaism, the author can easily pass judgment on particular philosophers.  He strives for a “serious and deep argument with the spiritual forces of the world around us.”  This argument results in the identification of the ancient Jewish worldview with a synthesis of Bergsonian creative evolution with the ideals of Cohen’s ethics of humanity and with the holy according to Otto.

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