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The notion of ethos (in general usage, disposition, morals, temperament, ethical character, moral nature) was given a new meaning at the beginning of the 20th century by the cultural philosopher and sociologist David Koigen (1879–1933). It is dialectically opposed to the notion of ethics in the Jewish philosophy of religion. In contrast to their ethical understanding of Judaism, especially in Hermann Cohen, Koigen considered ethos as the central category for the definition of a social group.

Hermann Cohen opens his comments on the idea of virtue in the tenth chapter of his work Eth…

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Urban, Martina, “Ethos”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 04 October 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0212>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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