In Rabbinic Discourse as a System of Knowledge Hannah Hashkes employs contemporary philosophy in describing rabbinic reasoning as a rational response to experience. Hashkes combines insights from the philosophy of Quine and Davidson with the semiotics of Peirce to construe knowledge as systematic reasoning occurring within a community of inquiry. Her reading of the works of Emmanuel Levinas and Jean-Luc Marion allows her to create a philosophical bridge between a discourse of God and a discourse of reason. This synthesis of pragmatism, hermeneutics and theology provides Hashkes with a sophisticated tool to understand Rabbinic Judaism. It also makes this study both unique and pathbreaking in contemporary Jewish philosophy and Rabbinic thought.
Hannah E. Hashkes, Ph.D. (1965), is a teacher, a thinker and a philosophical counsellor. Her work is published in academic papers, in her ‘philosophical Salon’ blog, and in popular media. She lives in Jerusalem with her family.
Scholars and students of modern and contemporary Jewish thought and rabbinic Judaism. More broadly this book is an important read for scholars of modern and contemporary religious thought and theology.