Judaism and the West
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Judaism and the West : From Hermann Cohen to Joseph Soloveitchik

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Grappling with the place of Jewish philosophy at the margin of religious studies, Robert Erlewine examines the work of five Jewish philosophers-Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Joseph Soloveitchik-to bring them into dialogue within the discipline. Emphasizing the tenuous place of Jews in European, and particularly German, culture, Erlewine unapologetically contextualizes Jewish philosophy as part of the West. He teases out the antagonistic and overlapping attempts of Jewish thinkers to elucidate the philosophical and cultural meaning of Judaism when others sought to deny and even expel Jewish influences. By reading the canon of Jewish philosophy in this new light, Erlewine offers insight into how Jewish thinkers used religion to assert their individuality and modernity.show more

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  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.53mm | 485g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253022258
  • 9780253022257
  • 1,465,916

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Erlewine's book provides a distinctive, indispensable introduction to modern Jewish thought. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice * While the thinkers examined here are hardly unknown, each chapter offers an original analysis that builds on but also importantly adds to previous scholarship. One of the book's important contributions lays in the philosophical credit that is granted to Buber, Heschel, and Soloveitchik, who are often taken to be of less philosophical rigor than Cohen and Rosenzweig, and Erlewine's justification for giving this credit. * Religious Studies Review *show more

About Robert Erlewine

Robert Erlewine is Associate Professor of Religion at Illinois Wesleyan University. He is author of Monotheism and Tolerance: Recovering a Religion of Reason (IUP, 2009).show more

Table of contents

Introduction1. Exemplarity and the German-Jewish Symbiosis: Hermann Cohen on War and Religion2. Symbol not Sacrifice: Cohen's Jewish Jesus3. Fire, Rays, and the Dark: Rosenzweig and the Oriental/Occidental Divide4. Redeeming this World: Buber's Judaism and the Sanctity of Immanence5. Prophets, Prophecy and Divine Wrath: Heschel and the God of Pathos6. Cultivating Objectivity: Soloveitchik, The Marburg School, and the Religious PluralismConclusionNotesIndexshow more

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