Kenneth Hart Green: "The Philosophy of Emil Fackenheim - From Revelation to the Holocaust"

When and Where

Monday, November 29, 2021 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online (Zoom)


Kenneth Hart Green (DSR)
Sharon Portnoff (Connecticut College)
Jeffrey A. Bernstein (College of the Holy Cross)
Paul Wilford (Boston College)


The launch of Kenneth Hart Green's book, published by Cambridge University Press.

Book cover - The Philosophy of Emil FackenheimFackenheim was one of the most philosophically serious, knowledgeable, and provocative contemporary Jewish thinkers. His original focus as a philosophical theologian was mainly on revelation, but in his later work he concerned himself primarily with the wide-ranging  implications of the  Holocaust. In this book, Kenneth Hart Green examines Fackenheim's intellectual trajectory and traces how and why he focused so intently on the Holocaust. He explores the deeper thought that Fackenheim developed about the Holocaust, which he construed as a cataclysmic event that ruptured history and one that also brought about a change in the very structure of being. As Green demonstrates, the Holocaust, according to Fackenheim's interpretation, changes how we view all things, from God to man to history. It also radically affects Judaism, Christianity, and philosophy, the major traditions that have shaped the Western world.

Kenneth Hart Green is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. A scholar of Jewish thought, he is the author of numerous journal articles and books, including Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides.

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Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, Edward and Belle Freid Memorial Lecture, Elizabeth and Tony Comper Holocaust Education Fund, Department for the Study of Religion