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The Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy


Part of Cambridge Companions to Religion

Michael L. Morgan, Peter Eli Gordon, Steven Nadler, Allan Arkush, Paul W. Franks, Andrea Poma, Tamara Wright, Steven B. Smith, Pierre Bouretz, Kenneth Seeskin, Lawrence Kaplan, Richard A. Cohen, Berel Lang, Leora Batnitzky, Tamar Rudavsky
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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521012553

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  • Modern Jewish philosophy emerged in the seventeenth century, with the impact of the new science and modern philosophy on thinkers who were reflecting upon the nature of Judaism and Jewish life. This collection of essays examines the work of several of the most important of these figures, from the seventeenth to the late-twentieth centuries, and addresses themes central to the tradition of modern Jewish philosophy: language and revelation, autonomy and authority, the problem of evil, messianism, the influence of Kant, and feminism. Included are essays on Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Cohen, Buber, Rosenzweig, Fackenheim, Soloveitchik, Strauss, and Levinas. Other thinkers discussed include Maimon, Benjamin, Derrida, Scholem, and Arendt. The sixteen original essays are written by a world-renowned group of scholars especially for this volume and give a broad and rich picture of the tradition of modern Jewish philosophy over a period of four centuries.

    • Essays by international group of prominent scholars covering both central figures and major themes
    • Includes a helpful chronology of modern Jewish philosophy from the seventeenth century to the present
    • Includes a selected bibliography of literature in major areas of modern Jewish philosophy
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    'The book invites the reader to reflect on the delightful diversity of modern Jewish thought and to assess its relevance in the modern world. Recommended for all libraries.' International Review of Biblical Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521012553
    • length: 406 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: modern Jewish philosophy, modern philosophy, and modern Judaism Michael L. Morgan and Peter Eli Gordon
    2. Baruch Spinoza and the naturalization of Judaism Steven Nadler
    3. The liberalism of Moses Mendelssohn Allan Arkush
    4. Jewish philosophy after Kant: the legacy of Salomon Maimon Paul W. Franks
    5. Hermann Cohen: Judaism and critical idealism Andrea Poma
    6. Self, other, text, God: the dialogical thought of Martin Buber Tamara Wright
    7. Franz Rosenzweig and the philosophy of Jewish existence Peter Eli Gordon
    8. Leo Strauss and modern Jewish thought Steven B. Smith
    9. Messianism and modern Jewish philosophy Pierre Bouretz
    10. Ethics, authority, and autonomy Kenneth Seeskin
    11. Joseph Soloveitchik and Halakhic man Lawrence Kaplan
    12. Emmanuel Levinas: Judaism and the primacy of the ethical Richard A. Cohen
    13. Emil Fackenheim, the Holocaust, and philosophy Michael L. Morgan
    14. Evil, suffering, and the Holocaust Berel Lang
    15. Revelation, language, and commentary: from Buber to Derrida Leora Batnitzky
    16. Feminism and modern Jewish philosophy Tamar Rudavsky.

  • Editors

    Michael L. Morgan, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Michael L. Morgan has been a professor at Indiana University for 31 years and, in 2004, was named a Chancellor's Professor. He has published articles in a variety of journals and has edited several books, including: Interim Judaism (2001), Beyond Auschwitz: Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought in America (2001), and Dilemmas in Modern Jewish Thought: The Dialectics of Revelation and History (1992).

    Peter Eli Gordon, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Peter Eli Gordon has published widely on topics in both modern European intellectual history and modern Jewish thought. He is presently Professor of History at Harvard University and faculty affiliate at the Center for European Studies. His book, Rosenzweig and Heidegger, Between Judaism and German Philosophy (2003), received several distinguished awards.


    Michael L. Morgan, Peter Eli Gordon, Steven Nadler, Allan Arkush, Paul W. Franks, Andrea Poma, Tamara Wright, Steven B. Smith, Pierre Bouretz, Kenneth Seeskin, Lawrence Kaplan, Richard A. Cohen, Berel Lang, Leora Batnitzky, Tamar Rudavsky

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