Thinking Impossibilities: The Intellectual Legacy of Amos Funkenstein

Thinking Impossibilities: The Intellectual Legacy of Amos Funkenstein

by Robert S. Westman
     
 

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Intellectuals rarely make a significant impact on one field of scholarship let alone several, yet Amos Funkenstein (1937-1995) displayed an intellectual range that encompassed several disciplines and broke new ground across seemingly impenetrable scholarly boundaries. The philosophy of history from antiquity to modernity, medieval and early modern history of

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Intellectuals rarely make a significant impact on one field of scholarship let alone several, yet Amos Funkenstein (1937-1995) displayed an intellectual range that encompassed several disciplines and broke new ground across seemingly impenetrable scholarly boundaries. The philosophy of history from antiquity to modernity, medieval and early modern history of science, medieval scholasticism, Jewish history in all of its periods - these are all areas in which he made lasting contributions. Thinking Impossibilities brings together Funkenstein's colleagues, friends, and former students to engage with important aspects of his intellectual legacy.

Funkenstein's diverse interests were bound together by common figures of thought, especially the search for pre-modern intellectual groundings of modern ideas and how the seeming 'impossibilities' of one historical moment might become positive resources of conceptual construction and development in another. The essays in this volume take up major themes in European intellectual history, and examine them through the unique lens that Funkenstein himself employed during his career. Of particular interest are ways in which topics of Jewish history are engaged with the larger field of the history of ideas in the West. Richly interdisciplinary and full of fresh insights, Thinking Impossibilities is a fitting tribute to an important twentieth-century scholar.

Editorial Reviews

Metascience, vol 19:02:2010 - Veronika Lipphardt
'This volume presents a collection of fine and thought provoking papers... An extremely inspiring and sophisticated volume, Thinking Possibilities provokes thoughts about the manifold possibilities hidden within it - and this is not only what the title promises, but also what a volume can and should achieve.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442692633
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
05/24/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Robert S. Westman is Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis.

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