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An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy

An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy
Claire Elise Katz

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How Jewish is modern Jewish philosophy? The question at first appears nonsensical, until we consider that the chief issues with which Jewish philosophers have engaged, from the Enlightenment through to the late 20th century, are the standard preoccupations of general philosophical inquiry. Questions about God, reality, language, and knowledge - metaphysics and epistemology - have been of as much concern to Jewish thinkers as they have been to others. Moses Mendelssohn, for example, was a friend of Kant. Hermann Cohen's philosophy is often described as 'neo-Kantian.' Franz Rosenzweig wrote his dissertation on Hegel. And the thought of Emmanuel Levinas is indebted to Husserl. In this much-needed textbook, which surveys the most prominent thinkers of the last three centuries, Claire Katz situates modern Jewish philosophy in the wider cultural and intellectual context of its day, indicating how broader currents of British, French and German thought influenced its practitioners. But she also addresses the unique ways in which being Jewish coloured their output, suggesting that a keen sense of particularity enabled the Jewish philosophers to help define the whole modern era.

Intended to be used as a core undergraduate text, the book will also appeal to anyone with an interest how some of the greatest minds of the age grappled with some of its most urgent and fascinating philosophical problems.

Author Info

Claire Elise Katz is Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies at Texas A&M University. A specialist in contemporary Jewish thought, philosophy of religion, feminist theory and French philosophy, she has written and edited Levinas, Judaism, and the Feminine: The Silent Footsteps of Rebecca (2003); Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments, vols 1-4 (2005) and Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism (2013).

Review

'With an engaging and probing approach to Jewish concerns, from education to prayer, Claire Elise Katz gives us a fresh new look at some of the most influential Jewish philosophers of modern times. Written in an engaging and easy style, this is a wonderful way to introduce students and all learners to the rich and fascinating world of modern Jewish thought.'
Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College

'Despite its title, the book is much more than an undergraduate introductory textbook in modern Jewish philosophy: though at this it performs its task well. Claire Katz is herself an important post-modernist feminist Jewish thinker whose writings successfully integrate, as they do in this volume, her academic knowledge of modern philosophy with her personal passion for Judaism.'
Norbert Samuelson, Harold and Jean Grossmann Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Arizona State University

'Jewish philosophy is viewed by Claire Elise Katz as the voice of the other: as an internal point of difference and limit without which western philosophy cannot be truly critical. Reshaping the conceptual contours of the western philosophical tradition, as Katz does here, means that something happens to Jewish philosophy in the process. The author places the latter more squarely in the history of western philosophy and thus brings it into conversation with Descartes, Locke, Hobbes, Kant, Hegel, Husserl, Sartre, and de Beauvoir. She imaginatively draws Jewish philosophy out of its own self-enclosure, thereby transforming it into something more cosmopolitan, more rigorous, more curious, and more conceptually generative than perhaps has been previously imagined.'
Zachary Braiterman, Professor of Religion, Syracuse University

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

Paperback
ISBN: 9781848854895
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2013
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156

Hardback
ISBN: 9781848854888
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2013
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156

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