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Waldemar SzczerbińskiCorresponding author

Abraham Joshua Heschel's Philosophy of Man

6 – 2001, pages 59-68
Date of online publication: 30 November 2020
Date of publication: 30 November 2001


The subject of the following discourse is, as the title itself points out, the anthropology of Heschel. Considering the fact that Heschel is in general unknown in Poland, I shall take the liberty to make known, in short, some pieces of information about him. Heschel was born in Warsaw, Poland on January 11th 1907. After graduating from the Gymnasium in Wilno he started his studies at Friedrich Wilhelm Universität, Berlin. At the Berlin University he studied at the Philosophy Department and, additionally, he took up studies in the sphere of Semitic Philosophy and History of Art. In 1937 Heschel was chosen by Martin Buber as his successor at Mittelstelle für Jüdische Erwachsenen-Bildung in Frankfurt on the Main. In October he was arrested by the Gestapo and deported to Poland together with all the Jews of Polish nationality. After returning to Warsaw he taught philosophy and biblical sciences at the Institute of Jewish Studies. Six weeks before the German aggression against Poland he left for England and then for the United States where he stayed until his death. He was the Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Except for his didactical activity, our philosopher did not neglect creative work. As time went on he was becoming a more and more well-known and
appreciated intellectualist and social worker in America. His activity went far beyond the boundaries of the Jewish world.

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Szczerbiński, Wojciech. "Abraham Joshua Heschel's Philosophy of Man." Forum Philosophicum 6 (2001): 59–68. doi:10.35765/forphil.2001.0601.5.