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Son of Spinoza

Georg Brandes and Modern Jewish Cosmopolitanism

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288 pages
ISBN 978 87 7219 018 1

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Son of Spinoza sheds light on the interconnectedness between Jewishness and cosmopolitanism in the oeuvre of the Danish-Jewish intellectual Georg Brandes (1842-1927). Today, the historical tradition of interconnecting these concepts has largely been forgotten, although the construction of a somewhat synonymous relation between them became a key structuring element of modern antisemitism and later Nazi ideology. In this context, Georg Brandes–his writing and practice–stands as a crucial European cosmopolitan archive, due to the great influence he enjoyed throughout the European continent.

Son of Spinoza challenges the presentation of Brandes in previous research as a so-called assimilated Jew who distanced himself from Jewishness, instead recognizing Brandes’ own self-identification as a Spinozist cosmopolitan and his depiction of himself and other modern Jews as ‘sons of Spinoza’.

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Bent Blüdnikow, Berlingske
”En af de vigtige ting ved Søren Blak Hjortshøj bog er, at vi får bragt Brandes ud af en mere snæver dansk kontekst og ind i et europæisk perspektiv, hvilket er berigende.  […]  Med Søren Blak Hjortshøjs udlægning af Georg Brandes og hans forhold til jødedommen er der lagt op til et nyt spændende perspektiv, der kun kan berige den fortsatte debat.”

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