Jewish Religion After Theology

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"Jewish Religion after Theology" offers an account of attempts to deal with this question in contemporary Jewish thought. It points to a post-theological trend that shifts the focus of the discussion from metaphysics to praxis, and examines the possibilities of establishing a religious life centered on immanent-practical existence. Key questions considered include the possibility of toleration and pluralism in Jewish religion and the perception of the Holocaust as a theological or religious-existential problem.

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Overview

"Jewish Religion after Theology" offers an account of attempts to deal with this question in contemporary Jewish thought. It points to a post-theological trend that shifts the focus of the discussion from metaphysics to praxis, and examines the possibilities of establishing a religious life centered on immanent-practical existence. Key questions considered include the possibility of toleration and pluralism in Jewish religion and the perception of the Holocaust as a theological or religious-existential problem.

Professor Avi Sagi teaches philosophy at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he is also the founding director of a graduate program on Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies. Sagi is senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He has published extensively on continental philosophy, philosophy of religion and ethics, Jewish philosophy, philosophy and sociology of Jewish law. Among his books: Religion and Morality (with Daniel Statman);
Kierkegaard, Religion, and Existence: The Voyage of the Self; Albert Camus and the Philosophy of the Absurd; The Open Canon: On the Meaning of Halakhic Discourse; Tradition vs. Traditionalism.

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In this book Sagi poses some interesting questions, centered on how one explains modern Judaism as a religion whose members, to a great degree, do not believe in God but remain true to the tenets of the religion. Sagi argues that post-Holocaust existentialism largely replaced the traditional religious beliefs of Judaism, yet the religion still survives. Examining the philosophical works of some of those who have influenced this movement, and analyzing what these conditions mean to the future of Judaism makes for thought-provoking reading. Several of the chapters in this book have previously appeared as journal articles. (Annotation ©2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
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Avi Sagi (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan University, 1988) is a Professor at Bar-Ilan University and Senior Research Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. His recent books include Circles of Jewish Identity (with Zvi Zohar), Tel Aviv, 2000; 'Elu va Elù A Study on the Meaning of Halakhic Discourse, Tel Aviv, 1996
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Table of Contents

Preface. Chapter One: Are Toleration and Pluralism Possible in Jewish Religion? Notes. Chapter Two: Yeshayahu Leibovitz: The Man against his Thought. Notes. Chapter Three: Leibowitz and Camus: Between Faith and the Absurd. Notes. Chapter Four: Jewish Religion without Theology. Notes. Chapter Five: The Critique of Theodicy: From Metaphysics to Praxis. Notes. Chapter Six: The Holocaust: A Theological or a Religious-Existentialist Problem? Notes. Chapter Seven: Tikkun Olam: Between Utopian Idea and Socio-Historical Process. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
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