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Author Morgan, Michael L., 1944-

Title Dilemmas in modern Jewish thought : the dialectics of revelation and history / Michael L. Morgan
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1992]
©1992
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 181 pages)
Contents Ch. 1. Overcoming the Remoteness of the Past: Memory and Historiography in Modern Jewish Thought -- Ch. 2. History and Modern Jewish Thought: Spinoza and Mendelssohn on the Ritual Law -- Ch. 3. Liberalism in Mendelssohn's Jerusalem -- Ch. 4. The Curse of Historicity: The Role of History in Leo Strauss's Jewish Thought -- Ch. 5. Leo Strauss and the Possibility of Jewish Philosophy -- Ch. 6. Judaism and Peter Berger's Heretical Imperative -- Ch. 7. Jewish Ethics after the Holocaust -- Ch. 8. Historicism, Evil, and Post-Holocaust Moral Thought -- Ch. 9. Philosophy, History, and the Jewish Thinker: Jewish Thought and Philosophy in Emil Fackenheim's To Mend the World -- Ch. 10. Franz Rosenzweig, Objectivity, and the New Thinking -- Ch. 11. Jewish Philosophy and Historical Self-Consciousness -- Ch. 12. Contemporary Jewish Thought in America
Summary From the scientific revolution and the rise of modern philosophy to the Enlightenment and the Holocaust, modern events have stimulated new ways of understanding the central concepts and principles of Judaism. Is Judaism a timeless, universal set of beliefs or, rather, is it historical and contingent in its relation to different times and places? Do Jewish beliefs derive their meaning from texts and revelation or from rational argument and experience? Michael L. Morgan addresses major Jewish thinkers from the seventeenth century to the present who have wrestled with the moral and theological dilemmas that history poses for Jewish belief and identity. Among figures discussed are Baruch Spinoza, Moses Mendelssohn, Leo Strauss, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Emil Fackenheim. By clarifying the tensions and dilemmas that characterize modern thinking about the nature of Judaism and Jewish experience, Morgan clears the way for Jews to appreciate their historical situation and yet locate enduring values and principles in a post-Holocaust world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Jews -- History -- Philosophy.
Judaism -- Historiography.
Judaism -- History -- Philosophy.
Judaism -- 20th century.
Revelation -- Judaism -- History of doctrines.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585101620 (electronic bk.)
9780585101620 (electronic bk.)