Franz Rosenzweigs `neues Denken´. Internationaler Kongress 2004. Bd. 1: Selbstbegrenzendes Denken - in philosophos pages:470-486
Franz Rosenzweigs `neues Denken´ location:Kassel date:28 March-1 April 2004
Rosenzweig introduces a speculative gesture into Western philosophy, which is more than a witticism only. He reverses the structure of Western thought and creates a linguistic space for a ternary thinking. The attention for the literary genres is a possibility for making this speculative gesture concrete.
The starting question concerned the potential of Rosenzweig's new thinking in a context of postmodernism and globalisation. Rosenzweig's new thinking is, instead of the postmodern fragmentation, the invitation to develop a global vision, which does justice to the particular realities. From this perspective it is possible to endorse Wittgenstein's call: "Back to the rough ground." But the new thinking also opens perspectives in our reality turned global. Nowadays the intertwinement of world economy and technical industry seems to be the new totalitarian structure. The implicit anti-historicism breaks open any closed view of society and shows the possibilities to pay attention to the other's voice, the other's culture, and the world-time of the other. The neo-liberal and anonymous utilitarianism, which sacrifices people and cultures on the altar of economic power, is the new context within which the critical potential of Rosenzweig's new thinking can be recontextualized fruitfully.
The discussion concentrates on the relation between the structure of Rosenzweigs thinking and Plato' Republic and is centered on the themes of language, time and alterity.