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Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism
     

Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism

by Michael Walzer
 

ISBN-10: 0691125082

ISBN-13: 9780691125084

Pub. Date: 05/08/2006

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Jewish legal and political thought developed in conditions of exile, where Jews had neither a state of their own nor citizenship in any other. What use, then, can this body of thought be today to Jews living in Israel or as emancipated citizens in secular democratic states? Can a culture of exile be adapted to help Jews find ways of being at home politically today?

Overview

Jewish legal and political thought developed in conditions of exile, where Jews had neither a state of their own nor citizenship in any other. What use, then, can this body of thought be today to Jews living in Israel or as emancipated citizens in secular democratic states? Can a culture of exile be adapted to help Jews find ways of being at home politically today? These questions are central in Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism, a collection of essays by contemporary political theorists, philosophers, and lawyers.

How does Jewish law accommodate—or fail to accommodate—the practice of democratic citizenship? What range of religious toleration and pluralism is compatible with traditional Judaism? What forms of coexistence between Jews and non-Jews are required by shared citizenship? How should Jews operating within halakha (Jewish law) and Jewish history judge the use of force by modern states?

The authors assembled here by prominent political theorist Michael Walzer come from different points on the religious-secular spectrum, and they differ greatly in their answers to such questions. But they all enact the relationship at issue since their answers, while based on critical Jewish texts, also reflect their commitments as democratic citizens.

The contributors are Michael Walzer, David Biale, the late Robert M. Cover, Menachem Fisch, Geoffrey B. Levey, David Novak, Aviezer Ravitzky, Adam B. Seligman, Suzanne Last Stone, and Noam J. Zohar.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691125084
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/08/2006
Series:
Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface by Michael Walzer vii

PART I: POLITICAL ORDER AND CIVIL SOCIETY 1

Chapter One: Obligation: A Jewish Jurisprudence of the Social Order by Robert M. Cover 3
Chapter Two: Judaism and Civil Society by Suzanne Last Stone 12
Chapter Three: Civil Society and Government by Noam J. Zohar 34
Chapter Four: Autonomy and Modernity by David Biale 50

PART II: TERRITORY, SOVEREIGNTY, AND INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY 55

Chapter Five: Land and People by David Novak 57
Chapter Six: Contested Boundaries: Visions of a Shared World by Noam J. Zohar 83
Chapter Seven: Diversity, Tolerance, and Sovereignty by Menachem Fisch 96
Chapter Eight: Responses to Modernity by Adam B. Seligman 121
Chapter Nine: Judaism and Cosmopolitanism by David Novak 128

PART III: WAR AND PEACE 147

Chapter Ten: Commanded and Permitted Wars by Michael Walzer 149
Chapter Eleven: Prohibited Wars by Aviezer Ravitzky 169
Chapter Twelve: Judaism and the Obligation to Die for the State by Geoffrey B. Levey 182

Contributors 209
Index 211

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