Phenomenological Reviews



Heidegger and Jewish thought

Difficult others

edited byElad Lapidot(Institute of Philosophy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)Micha Brumlik


Once a prophet of critical, “other” thought, Heidegger has now for many become the epitome of the unthinkable, in the light of the Black Notebooks controversy. The unthinkable here is anti-Semitism. The encounter between Heidegger and the Jews has thus come to signify – very much in the spirit of Heidegger’s own anti-Judaism – the end of thought. The present volume resists this view by positing not only Heidegger but also the Jewish people as representing thought. The encounter between Heidegger and various traditions of Jewish thought is conceived here as a conversation inter alia, an exchange between real or perceived “others”: others to the philosophical tradition, to mainstream modernity, to Western Christian metaphysics, to each other, and even to themselves. The conversation takes shape in this volume as a symposium of seventeen essays by leading scholars both of Heidegger’s philosophy and of Jewish Studies.

Publication details

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Place: London

Year: 2017

Pages: 352

ISBN (hardback): 9781786604712

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-78660-472-9

ISBN (digital): 978-1-78660-473-6

Full citation:

Lapidot Elad, Brumlik Micha (2017) Heidegger and Jewish thought: Difficult others. London, Rowman & Littlefield.