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Abraham Joshua Heschel´s Philosophy of Religion  - ARL100305
Anglický název: Abraham Joshua Heschel´s Philosophy of Religion 
Zajišťuje: Ústav filosofie a religionistiky (21-UFAR)
Fakulta: Filozofická fakulta
Platnost: od 2017
Semestr: zimní
Body: 0
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:2/0 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 20 / neurčen (20)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Další informace: https://dl1.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=5382
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Garant: PhDr. Milan Lyčka, Ph.D.
Vyučující: PhDr. Milan Lyčka, Ph.D.
Třída: A – Mezioborová nabídka VP: Filosofie, náboženství
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Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Milan Lyčka, Ph.D. (13.09.2017)

One of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the 20th century, Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) has left his imprint on various domains of human intellectual and social endeavour, from poetry, theology and philosophy to political activism and interreligious dialogue. This course will focus on his religious philosophy that is not only a rational reflection on his religious commitment as a devout Jew, but it covers in a sense all areas of his life experience, which started in a Hasidic community in pre-war Warsaw, went on at the Berlin university and in Nazi Germany, and culminated in his life-long vocation of a professor in the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

As might be clear from the syllabus, each session is devoted to specific topics highlighting different segments of Heschelʼs thought that have had their impact on the articulation of his philosophy. In the last four sessions the main principles of his general philosophy of religion and philosophy of Judaism will be discussed. Each title is illustrated with quotations from Heschelʼs texts that serve as the motto for the respective themes.
Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Milan Lyčka, Ph.D. (13.09.2017)

Excerpts from the following texts:


Abraham Joshua Heschel. Philosophy, Theology and Interreligious Dialogue. Wiesbaden 2009

Samuel H. Dresner, Heschel, Hasidism, and Halakha. New York, 2002

Abraham J. Heschel, An Analysis of Piety, in: Review of Religion, IX (1942)

Abraham J. Heschel, The Circle of the Baal Shem Tov. Studies in Hasidism. Chicago and London, 1985

Abraham J. Heschel, God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism. New York, 1986

Abraham J. Heschel, Man is not Alone. A Philosophy of Religion. New York, 1966

Abraham J. Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, New York, 1997

Abraham J. Heschel, The Insecurity of Freedom. Essays on Human Existence. New York, 1967

Abraham J. Heschel, The Prophets. New York, 2001

Abraham J. Heschel, Who is Man? Stanford, 1978

Edward K. Kaplan, Heschel as Philosopher: Phenomenology and the Rhetoric of Revelation, in: Modern Judaism, Volume 21, No 1, February 2001, pp.1-14


All texts will be available on Moodle.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Milan Lyčka, Ph.D. (13.09.2017)

The tutor will present the respective theme in its historical, biographical and philosophical context, and will highlight the main features of Heschelʼs thought. Students will be given handouts with brief textual references; they will be encouraged to read excerpts from books available on Moodle before each session.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Milan Lyčka, Ph.D. (13.09.2017)

An active participation in the sessions will be required. The course will be completed by an exam: Students shall submit a final essay of 2,000 words on the topic consulted with the tutor in advance; the paper will be then discussed with the examiner. Good knowledge of the chosen topic in a larger context will be required, new insights will be appreciated.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Milan Lyčka, Ph.D. (13.09.2017)

October 6, 2017


Who is A. J. Heschel?

“I am a brand plucked from the fire…”


October 20, 2017


Heschelʼs philosophy and theology

“A philosophy that begins with radical doubt ends in radical despair.”


October 27, 2017


Phenomenological analysis of prophetic consciousness

“Prophecy … may be described as exegesis of existence from a divine perspective.”


November 3, 2017


Social action as a religious commitment

“Few are guilty, all are responsible.”


November 10, 2017


The Hasidic background of Heschelʼs religious philosophy

“The Baal Shem dwelled in my life like a lamp, while the Kotzker struck like lightning.”


November 24, 2017


The religious foundation of human existence

“Religion is … an order of being, the holy dimension of existence.”


December 1, 2017


Who is man?

“If man is not more than human, then he is less than human.”


December 8, 2017


Man is not alone. Philosophy of religion: The problem of God

“Philosophy begins with manʼs question; religion begins with Godʼs question and manʼs answer.”


December 15, 2017


Man is not alone. Philosophy of religion: The problem of living

Happiness, in fact, may be defined as the certainty of being needed. But who is in need of man? … Man is needed, he is a need of God.”


December 22, 2017


God in search of man. Philosophy of Judaism: God and revelation

“The central thought of Judaism is the living God.”


January 5, 2018


God in search of man. Philosophy of Judaism: Response

The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe.”

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