Past and Present

By Nathan Rotenstreich

Subjects: Israel Studies
Series: SUNY series in Jewish Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791471760, 178 pages, June 2008
Hardcover : 9780791471753, 178 pages, July 2007

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Table of contents

An "Inside Intellectual": Remarks on the Public Thought of Nathan Rotenstreich
Avi Bareli and Yossef Gorny
1. Return and Modernity
2. Activity and the Present
3. Aspects of Renaissance
4. The Negation of the Diaspora
5. The Values of Israeli Society
6. Toward a Reformulation of Zionist Ideology
Shlomo Avineri
Nathan Rotenstreich on Issues Related to the Holocaust
Ephrat Balberg-Rotenstreich
The Individual and Personal Responsibility
The Holocaust as a Unique Historical Event

Traces the dialectical connections between Zionism’s past and present.


In Zionism, the late Nathan Rotenstreich traces the dialectical connections between Zionism's past and present based on his contention that the Jewish nation comprises both the State of Israel and the Diaspora. He also addresses relations between both Israel and the Diaspora, on the one hand, and Israel and the Arab world, on the other. Written a short time before Rotenstreich's death, Zionism can be regarded as his spiritual and ideological legacy.

Nathan Rotenstreich (1914–1993) was Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was elected to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and his works include Order and Might, also published by SUNY Press, Jews and German Philosophy: The Polemics of Emancipation, and On Faith.