Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Socrates and the JewsHellenism and Hebraism from Moses Mendelssohn to Sigmund Freud$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Miriam Leonard

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226472478

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226472492.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 06 July 2022

Greeks, Jews, and the Death of God:

Greeks, Jews, and the Death of God:

Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche

(p.139) 4 Greeks, Jews, and the Death of God:
Socrates and the Jews
University of Chicago Press

The specter of Christianity has haunted discussions about the antithesis between Greeks and Jews, from Moses Mendelssohn to Matthew Arnold. The Greek/Jew antithesis would persist in the age of the radical critique of religion that followed the philosophies of Immanuel Kant and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. The conflict took on a different flavor in the face of assaults launched by the so-called Young Hegelians against established religion. This chapter considers how the Greek/Jew antithesis provided a crucial context for the formulation of three of the most influential atheist writers in the nineteenth century: Ludwig Feuerbach, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche. It argues that these writers' radical reevaluation of religion has important continuities with the philosophical explorations of Judaism and Hellenism but also orients the discussion toward a new secular discourse. While all three men have been instrumental in moving away from the Christian worldview, they share a much contested and ambivalent role in the rise of modern anti-Semitism.

Keywords:   Greeks, Jews, Ludwig Feuerbach, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Judaism, Hellenism, anti-Semitism, religion, Christianity

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.