The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: The Modern Era

The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: The Modern Era


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The second volume of the Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy provides a comprehensive overview of Jewish philosophy from the seventeenth century to the present day. Written by a distinguished group of experts in the field, its essays examine how Jewish thinking was modified in its encounter with modern Europe and America and challenge longstanding assumptions about the nature and purpose of modern Jewish philosophy. The volume also treats modern Jewish philosophy's continuities with premodern texts and thinkers, the relationship between philosophy and theology, the ritual and political life of the people of Israel, and the ways in which classic modern philosophical categories help or hinder Jewish self-articulation. These essays offer readers a multi-faceted understanding of the Jewish philosophical enterprise in the modern period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521852432
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Series: Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy
Pages: 891
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Martin Kavka is Associate Professor of Religion at Florida State University. He is the author of Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy (2004), which was awarded the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Philosophy and Jewish Thought by the Association for Jewish Studies in 2008.

DAVID NOVAK holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of fifteen books in Jewish philosophy, including In Defense of Religious Liberty (2009), containing lectures given while he was the Charles E. Test Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Princeton University.

ZACHARY BRAITERMAN is Associate Professor of Religion at Syracuse University. He is the author of (God) After Auschwitz: Tradition and Change in Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought (1998) and The Shape of Revelation: Aesthetics and Modern Jewish Thought (2007).

Table of Contents

Introduction Martin Kavka; Part I. Judaism's Encounter with Modernity: 1. Enlightenment Willi Goetschel; 2. The spirit of Jewish history Samuel Moyn; 3. Phenomenology Martin Kavka; 4. America Ken Koltun-Fromm; 5. Feminism and gender Hava Tirosh-Samuelson; Part II. Retrieving Tradition: 6. Scripture and text Peter Ochs; 7. Medieval Jewish philosophers in modern Jewish philosophy Aaron W. Hughes; 8. Jewish enlightenment beyond Western Europe Adam Shear; 9. Hasidism, mitnagdism, and contemporary American Judaism Shaul Magid; Part III. Modern Jewish Philosophical Theology: 10. God: divine transcendence Aryeh Botwinick; 11. God: divine immanence Gregory Kaplan; 12. Creation Navid Novak; 13. Revelation Randi Rashkover; 14. Redemption Norbert M. Samuelson; 15. Providence: agencies of redemption Michael L. Morgan; Part IV. Jewish Peoplehood: 16. Halakah Avi Sagi; 17. Liturgy Steven Kepnes; 18. Jews alongside non-Jews Shmuel Trigano; 19. Political theory: beyond sovereignty? Leora Batnitzky; 20. Zionism Zachary Braiterman; Part V. Issues in Modern Jewish Philosophy: 21. Reason as a paradigm in Jewish philosophy Kenneth Seeskin; 22. Imagination and theolatrous impulse: configuring God in modern Jewish thought Elliot R. Wolfson; 23. Justice Michael Zank; 24. Virtue Dov Nelkin; 25. Aesthetics and art Asher Biemann; 26. Interpretation, modernity, and the philosophy of Judaism Jonathan W. Malino.

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