On Liberty : Jewish Philosophical Perspectives / Edition 1

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The communitarian critic of liberalism argues that the socio-political context is fundamental to any understanding of the individual as such. This debate is advanced by particularising it to the experience of Jews in the modern world. Essays focus on the variety of views of the relationships between the individual Jew and the communities, religious and secular, of which he or she is a member.

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Presenting nine original essays by scholars from the US, UK, and Israel, this volume turns the communal authority vs. post-Lockean liberalism debate assuming a mismatch between Judaism and the liberal state on its head. The first section treats issues of Judaism's modern incorporation of democracy, human rights, personal autonomy, and pluralism. To demonstrate that Jewish tradition has long conceptualized authority as being grounded in consent, part two harks back to Maimonides' medieval reading of Biblical text on liberty, authority, and consent, and to rabbinical Responsa on political liberty. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
Pt. 1 Judaism and the Liberal State
1 On Liberty Reconsidered 3
2 Judaism and the Liberal State 63
3 Particularism, Pluralism, and Liberty 82
4 The Communitarianism-Liberalism Debate in Jewish Perspective 98
5 Can Judaism Incorporate Human Rights, Democracy, and Personal Autonomy? 112
6 Democracy and Judaism: The Current Debate 129
Pt. 2 Liberty and Authority in Jewish Political Thought
7 Is there a Concept of Political Liberty in Medieval Jewish Philosophy? 153
8 Liberty, Authority, and Consent in Judaism: A Maimonidean Reconstruction of the Biblical Text 167
9 Political Liberty: The Rhetoric of the Responsa 201
Index 215
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