TheJournal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Vol. 4, pp. 271-314 © 1995 Reprints available directly from the publisher. Photocopying permitted by license only Erich Unger's "Der Universalismus des Hebraertums" Translated by Esther J. Ehrman Introduction Erich Unger, a leading intellectual in Berlin after World War I, can be seen as a European philosopher conscious of the Judaic dimension in Western thought. His writings show that he responded to many varied philosophical trends around him, to Nietzsche in Germany, to Levy-Bruhl and to Sartre in France, to the logical positivists in England. His own thinking, however, retained certain pivotal anchors, some of which he had developed together with his friend and one time mentor, Oskar Goldberg. Unger looked to philosophy to reach out into areas beyond the scope of reason, using the cognitive function called "imagination." Strictly disciplined and guided by reason, a "rational mysticism" might apprehend laws of the universe, principles, values and being in that universe. He thought it impor- tant to examine this sphere and to discover how it relates to the empirical world, the world of physics and, especially, to the biological forces of the world. It was equally vital to him to study the
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Published: Jan 1, 1995
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