Judaistyczne wątki w życiu i twórczości Siemiona Franka
JUDAIC MOTIFS IN THE LIFE AND WORK OF SEMYON FRANK
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Along with “the Russian question”, “the Jewish question” was one of the major subjects raised by the thinkers of the Silver Age, first in Russia, later on in emigration. This issue was especially significant for Russian philosophers of Jewish origin such as Semyon Frank. In this article I bring up some pertinent facts from Frank’s biography. I also address the question of how the philosopher perceived his Hebraic roots after his conversion, and I point to his inspirations from Jewish authors (H. Cohen, M. Buber, F. Rosenzweig), as well as to his polemic with them. Frank would perceive his Christianity as an outgrowth of Judaism. According to Frank the demarcation line between the Christians and the Jews seems to be shifting towards the borderline between truly religious people (irrespective of national affiliation) and those who value above all their own safety and worldly goods. Frank directly intimates that having been baptized, not only did he not give up his affiliation with the chosen people, but he also contributed to the accomplishment of its mission. A Jew by origin and a Christian by choice, Frank advocated the view that inter-religious dialogue is possible and ought to be conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appropriately understood tolerance.
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