Jewish Philosophers and Jewish Philosophy

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If, in content and in method, philosophy and religion conflict, can there be a Jewish philosophy? What makes a Jewish thinker a philosopher? Emil L. Fackenheim confronts these questions in a profound and insightful series of essays on the great Jewish thinkers from Maimonides through Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Leo Strauss. Fackenheim also contemplates the task of Jewish philosophy after the Holocaust. While providing access to key Jewish thinkers of the past, this volume highlights the ...

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Overview

If, in content and in method, philosophy and religion conflict, can there be a Jewish philosophy? What makes a Jewish thinker a philosopher? Emil L. Fackenheim confronts these questions in a profound and insightful series of essays on the great Jewish thinkers from Maimonides through Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Leo Strauss. Fackenheim also contemplates the task of Jewish philosophy after the Holocaust. While providing access to key Jewish thinkers of the past, this volume highlights the exciting achievements of one of today's most creative and most important Jewish philosophers.

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If philosophy and religion disagree over content and method, Fackenheim philosophy, U. of Toronto asks, can there be such a creature as Jewish philosophy and if so how does it differ from other Jewish thought? For the answer he examines Jewish thinkers from Maimonides through Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Leo Strauss. He also ponders the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish philosophy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780253330628
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/1996
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Jewish Philosophers 1
1 The Possibility of the Universe in Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, and Maimonides 7
2 Samuel Hirsch and Hegel 21
3 Hermann Cohen - after Fifty Years 41
4 Martin Buber's Concept of Revelation 57
5 Martin Buber: Universal and Jewish Aspects of the I-Thou Philosophy 75
6 The Systematic Role of the Matrix (Existence) and Apex (Yom Kippur) of Jewish Religious Life in Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption 89
7 Leo Strauss and Modern Judaism 97
8 Pinchas Peli as a Jewish Philosopher 106
Pt. II The Holocaust and Philosophy 115
9 Holocaust 121
10 The Holocaust and Philosophy 129
11 Philosophical Reflections on Claude Lanzmann's Shoah 137
12 Holocaust and Weltanschauung: Philosophical Reflections on Why They Did It 146
Pt. III Jewish Philosophy 159
13 What Is Jewish Philosophy? Reflections on Athens, Jerusalem, and the Western Academy 165
14 Jewish Philosophy in the Academy 185
15 The 614th Commandment Reconsidered 193
16 A Political Philosophy for the State of Israel: Fragments 195
17 Pillars of Zionism 209
18 A Retrospective of My Thought 215
Notes 227
Index 265
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