An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy (Introductions by Claire Elise Katz

By Claire Elise Katz

How Jewish is sleek Jewish philosophy? The query before everything seems nonsensical, till we contemplate that the manager matters with which Jewish philosophers have engaged, from the Enlightenment via to the past due twentieth century, are the traditional preoccupations of normal philosophical inquiry. questions on God, truth, language, and information - metaphysics and epistemology - were of as a lot problem to Jewish thinkers as they've been to others. Moses Mendelssohn, for instance, used to be a pal of Kant. Hermann Cohen's philosophy is usually defined as 'neo-Kantian.' Franz Rosenzweig wrote his dissertation on Hegel. And the idea of Emmanuel Levinas is indebted to Husserl. during this much-needed textbook, which surveys the main fashionable thinkers of the final 3 centuries, Claire Katz situates glossy Jewish philosophy within the wider cultural and highbrow context of its day, indicating how broader currents of British, French and German idea inspired its practitioners. yet she additionally addresses the original ways that being Jewish colored their output, suggesting prepared experience of particularity enabled the Jewish philosophers to aid outline the full sleek period. meant for use as a middle undergraduate textual content, the e-book also will attract somebody with an curiosity how the various maximum minds of the age grappled with a few of its so much pressing and engaging philosophical problems.

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