Jewish Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century encourages contemporary Jewish thinkers to reflect on the meaning of Judaism in the modern world by connecting these reflections to their own personal biographies. In so doing, it reveals the complexity of Jewish thought in the present moment. The contributors reflect on a range of political, social, ethical, and educational challenges that face Jews and Judaism today and chart a path for the future. The results showcase how Jewish philosophy encompasses the methodologies and concerns of other fields such as political theory, intellectual history, theology, religious studies, anthropology, education, comparative literature, and cultural studies. By presenting how Jewish thinkers address contemporary challenges of Jewish existence, the volume makes a valuable contribution to the humanities as a whole, especially at a time when the humanities are increasingly under duress for being irrelevant.
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is a Professor of History, Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Aaron W. Hughes holds the Philip S. Bernstein Chair of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester.
Table of contents
Aaron W. Hughes and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson Chapter One: The Historian as Thinker: Reflections on (Jewish) Intellectual History
Asher D. Biemann Chapter Two: After Germany: An American Jewish Philosophical Manifesto
Zachary J. Braiterman Chapter Three: Constructing a
Jewish Philosophy of Being toward Death
James A. Diamond Chapter Four: Jewish Philosophy: Living Language at Its Limits
Cass Fisher Chapter Five: Toward a Synthetic Philosophy
Lenn Evan Goodman Chapter Six: Jewish Philosophy Tomorrow: Post-messianic and Post-lachrymose
Warren Zev Harvey Chapter Seven: Transgressing Boundaries: Jewish Philosophy and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Aaron W. Hughes Chapter Eight: Philosophy, the Academy, and the Future of Jewish Learning
Claire E. Katz Chapter Nine: Revisioning the Jewish Philosophical Encounter with Christianity
Martin Kavka and Randi Rashkover Chapter Ten: Doubt and Certainty in Contemporary Jewish Piety
Shaul Magid Chapter Eleven: Otherness and a Vital Jewish Religious Identity
Ephraim Meir Chapter Twelve: The Need for Jewish Philosophy
Alan Mittleman Chapter Thirteen: Historicity, Dialogical Philosophy, and Moral Normativity: Discovering the Second Person
Michael L. Morgan Chapter Fourteen: Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and the Jewish Philosophers of Encounter
Michael Oppenheim Chapter Fifteen: A Shadowed Light: Continuity and New Directions in Jewish Philosophy
Sarah Pessin Chapter Sixteen: Jewish Philosophy, Ethics, and the New Brain Sciences
Heidi M. Ravven Chapter Seventeen: Good Accused: Jewish Philosophy as Antitheodicy
Bruce Rosenstock Chapter Eighteen: Overcoming the Epistemological Barrier
Tamar Ross Chapter Twenty: A Plea for Transcendence
Kenneth Seeskin Chapter Twenty-One: The Preciousness of Being Human: Jewish Philosophy and the Challenge of Technology
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson Chapter Twenty-Two: In Search of the Eternal Israel: Back to an Intellectual Journey
Shmuel Trigano Chapter Twenty-Three: Skepticism and the Philosopher's Keeping Faith
Elliot R. Wolfson
All interested in Jewish studies, religious studies, and philosophy.