The Future of Jewish Philosophy


This anthology of original essays reflects on the future of Jewish philosophy in light of the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers (Brill, 2013-2018). The volume assesses the strengths of Jewish philosophy, explores the place of Jewish philosophy within the Western academy as a critique of and contribution to the discipline of philosophy, and showcases the relevance of Jewish philosophy to contemporary Jewish culture. The volume argues that Jewish philosophy is more vibrant, diverse, and culturally significant than its public image implies. Special attention is paid to the interdisciplinary nature of Jewish philosophy, the institutional settings for generating Jewish philosophy, and the contribution of philosophizing to contemporary Jewish self-understanding.

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Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Ph.D., Hebrew University, 1978) is Regents’ Professor, Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, and Director of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. She writes on Jewish intellectual history, religion, science and technology, and Judaism and ecology. Aaron W. Hughes, (Ph.D., Indiana University, 2000) is the Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Rochester. He is the author of numerous books, including Rethinking Jewish Philosophy: Beyond Particularism and Universalism (Oxford, 2014).
The Contributors

Part One: Jewish Philosophy in Perspective

1 Jewish Philosophy as Cultural Practice

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

2 Jewish Philosophy in the Academy
Aaron W. Hughes

3 The Versatility of Contemporary Jewish Philosophy
Warren Zev Harvey

4 Desiderata
Lenn E. Goodman

Part Two: Jewish Philosophy in Public Life

5 The Promise and Perils of Perplexity: Jewish Philosophy and Public Culture, Yesterday and Today
Elias Sacks

6 Jewish Philosophy and Contemporary Jewish Culture: Therapy, Ideology, Critique
Yonatan Y. Brafman

7 Jewish Philosophy and Public Policy
Elliot N. Dorff

8 A Call to Return Jewish Philosophy to Philosophy
Steven Kepnes

9 Rational Neopragmatist Rabbis
Martin Kavka

10 Jewish Musical Thinking: Critical Reflections of a Philosopher-Rabbi
Aubrey L. Glazer

Part Three: Jewish Philosophy in the Academy

11 A Case for Jewish Philosophy in Liberal Arts Education
Claire E. Katz

12 The Reach of Reason: Judaism, Halakhah, and Analytic Philosophy
Alex Sztuden

13 Reconceiving Jewish Philosophy: Aspirations for the Future
Cass Fisher

14 Jewish Philosophy, the Academy, and the Fact-Value Divide
Randi Rashkover

15 The Future of Jewish Philosophy in the Academy
Heidi M. Ravven

16 Pledges of Non-Allegiance: History, Politics, and the Future of Jewish Philosophy
Samuel Hayim Brody

17 The Questionability of a Future Jewish Philosophy
Paul E. Nahme

The book is of interest to specialists in Jewish Studies, philosophers and theologians, rabbis and Jewish educators, and educated lay readers interested in Judaism, the Jews, and Jewish culture.
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