2008 National Jewish Book Award winner from the Dorot Foundation
"Emil Fackenheim assumed the impossible task of responding to the Nazi annihilation of the Jews of Europe. He engaged in the pursuit of the philosophical implications of the slaughter of the Jewish people on Jewish thought, Judaism, the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and on philosophy itself."—Shofar
In this revealing book, David Patterson explores Fackenheim’s rigorous pursuit of a philosophical response to the tragedy of the Holocaust. Fackenheim’s writing sheds light on the tensions between Jewish thinking and German philosophy, illustrating how elements of the latter were used by the Nazis to justify Jewish annihilation.
David Patterson is the Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Memphis. A winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award, he has published more than 125 articles and chapters on philosophy, literature, Judaism, and Holocaust studies.