Jewish Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century

Personal Reflections


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.
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Biographical Note

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

Introduction 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


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