Franz Rosenzweig’s Rational Subjective System

The Redemptive Turning Point in Philosophy and Theology

by Alin V. Bontas (Author)
©2011 Monographs XVIII, 324 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 312


Franz Rosenzweig’s The Star of Redemption is best understood as a rational subjective system, and as such, as the redemptive turning point in philosophy and theology in general. In asserting Rosenzweig’s essential commitment to a «new» systematic conception of thinking as the most basic, deepest, and comprehensive intellectual procedure, Franz Rosenzweig’s Rational Subjective System sheds light on the extensive method of the Star and shows it to be rooted in a fundamental rethinking of the methodological and logical-metaphysical resources of Kant, most especially of the transcendent metaphysics of the psychological, cosmological, and theological substances (i.e., the «threefold nothing», or entia rationis). The true radicality and originality of Rosenzweig, Bontas claims, is the exposition of the «rational subjective» approach to substance and knowledge on the «logical form» of the hypothetical thought (i.e., the modal relation of logical consequence between original and non-natural ground and phenomenal consequence, that positively establishes the wholly final and non-ideal destinations of redemption), which valorizes the alliance between pure reason and revelation disrupted by the Kantian epistemology. The title, The Star of Redemption, indicates exactly this long rational and not exclusively mundane «new systematic principle» of coherent and reliable knowledge, which is ultimately shown to be «true» and «right» from a «self-examining» subjective perspective and thereby justified.


XVIII, 324
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2011 (July)
Philosophy, Theology, Religion, Rosenzweig, Kant, Post-Kantianism Religion Rosenzweig Kant Judaism Metaphysics Logic Nothing Revelation Freedom Ethics Death Truth Self-consciousness Philosophy Redemption Theology Subjectivity Epistemology
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XVIII, 324 pp.

Biographical notes

Alin V. Bontas (Author)

Alin V. Bontas received his PhD from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Bontas is also the holder of two distinguished research fellowships accorded by the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center (Jerusalem) and the Frankfurt Graduate School. His areas of research interests include metaphysics, logic, philosophy of mind, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, Jewish modern thought, and systematic theology.


Title: Franz Rosenzweig’s Rational Subjective System