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Uniform Title Judéités. English.
Title Judeities : questions for Jacques Derrida / edited by Bettina Bergo, Joseph Cohen, and Raphael Zagury-Orly ; Translated by Bettina Bergo and Michael B. Smith
Published New York : Fordham University Press, 2007


Description 1 online resource (x, 209 pages)
Series Perspectives in Continental Philosophy
Perspectives in continental philosophy.
Contents Abraham, the other / Jacques Derrida -- The last, the remnant ... : (Derrida and Rosenzweig) / Gérard Bensussan -- This stranjew body / Hélène Cixous -- The story of a friendship : the archive and the question of Palestine / Michal Ben Naftali -- Jacques Derrida and kabbalistic sources / Moshe Idel -- Historicity and différance / Gianni Vattimo -- How to answer the ethical question / Jürgen Habermas -- A monster of faithfulness / Joseph Cohen and Raphael Zagury-Orly -- The shibboleth effect : on reading Paul Celan / Hent de Vries -- The Judeo-Christian / Jean-Luc Nancy
Summary Invited to answer questions about his relationship to Judaism, Jacques Derrida spoke through Franz Kafka: "As for myself, I could imagine another Abraham."From the experience of a summons that surprises us and prompts the query "Who, me?" Derrida explores the movement between growing up Jewish, "becoming Jewish," and "Jewish being" or existence. His essay "The Other Abraham" appears here in English for the first time. We no longer confront "Judaism" but "judeity," multiple Judaisms and Jewishnesses, manifold ways of being and writing as a Jew--in Derrida's case, as a French-speaking Algerian deprived of, then restored to French nationality in the 1940s. What is it to be a Jew and a philosopher? How has the notion of "Jewish identity" been written into and across Jewish literature, Jewish thought, and Jewish languages? Here distinguished scholars address these questions, contrasting Derrida's thought with philosophical predecessors such as Rosenzweig, Levinas, Celan, and Scholem, and tracing confluences between deconstruction and Kabbalah. Derrida's relationship to the universalist aspirations in contemporary theology is also discussed, and his late autobiographical writings are evaluated. This multifaceted volume aims to open the question of Jewishness, above all, to hold it open as a question, though not one of practical or theoretical identity. As much a contestation of identity as a profound reflection on what it means today to seek, elude, and finally to wrestle with the significance of "being-jew," Judeities invites us to revisit the human condition in the twenty-first century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
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Subject Derrida, Jacques -- Congresses
Derrida, Jacques
Jews -- Congresses
PHILOSOPHY -- History & Surveys -- Modern.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- General.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings
Form Electronic book
Author Bergo, Bettina
Cohen, Joseph D., 1971-
Zagury-Orly, Raphael
LC no. 2007019010
ISBN 9780823259663