While it certainly seems true that Hebrew has largely supplanted Yiddish as the language through which American Jews come to announce and define their Jewishness, can this movement into Hebrew be thoroughly aligned with the kind of transcendentalizing
impulse she associates with the new centrality of the kaddish?
She argues that the narrative form allows Wollstonecraft to achieve the expression of a truth that bodies forth the contradictions of historical conditions, and thereby circumvents both the transcendentalizing
gesture of male Romantic poetics and the mimicking masculinism of the first and second Vindications.
Rather, in a far more insidious and powerful move, it incorporated them, transcendentalizing
, for instance, the concept of anti-imperialism into a religious duty bound to the defence of the umma rather than the creation of a truly generic humanity.
While not altogether embracing the transcendentalizing
readings of Casalduero, El Saffar, and Forcione, Clamurro does refer to Leocadia's and Rodolfo's "recognitions" and marriage as mutual and miraculous redemptions.
Both The Origins of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in Jerusalem militate against mythologizing or transcendentalizing
the Holocaust as a universalizable icon of unfathomable evil, or localizing its significance as either a peculiarly German problem--the aberration of a zealous fascist elite--or simply a question of a barbaric, gentile anti-Semitism.
In my discussion of the very powerful recent movements to reconstruct the good society in hermeneutical terms, I showed how such philosophical efforts seem ineluctably forced to posit empirical developments in contemporary society that give leverage to universalistic, abstract, transcendentalizing
claims to reason, humanity, and civil society.
On the other hand, if the individual participants in a moral discourse are fully to distance themselves from the contingent, "normative spectrum of all existing forms of life," the result for discourse ethics will be a transcendentalizing
of the subject and the consequent "epistemic incoherence.