Jewish philosophy is often presented as an addendum to Jewish religion rather than as a rich and varied tradition in its own right, but the History of Jewish Philosophy explores the entire scope and variety of Jewish philosophy from philosophical interpretations of the Bible right up to contemporary Jewish feminist and postmodernist thought. The links between Jewish philosophy and its wider cultural context are stressed, building up a comprehensive and historically sensitive view of Jewish philosophy and its place in the development of philosophy as a whole.
· Detailed discussions of the most important Jewish philosophers and philosophical movements
· Descriptions of the social and cultural contexts in which Jewish philosophical thought developed throughout the centuries
· Contributions by 35 leading scholars in the field, from Britain, Canada, Israel and the US
· Detailed and extensive bibliographies
Table of Contents
What is Jewish Philosophy? Daniel H. Frank Foundations and First Principles. The Bible as a Source for Philosophical Reflection Shalom Carmy and David Shatz Hellenistic Jewish Philosophy David Winston The Talmud as a Source for Philosophical Reflection David Novak Medieval Jewish Philosophy. The Nature of Medieval Jewish Philosophy Alexander Broadie The Islamic Social and Cultural Context Steven M. Wasserstrom Kalam in Medieval Jewish Philosophy Haggai Ben-Shammai Medieval Jewish Neoplatonism T. M. Rudavsky Judah Halevi Lenn E. Goodman Medieval Jewish Aristotelianism: Introduction Norbert M. Samuelson Moses Maimonides Howard Kreisel Maimonides and Aquinas Alexander Broadie The Social and Cultural Context: Thirteenth to Fifteeth Centuries Marc Saperstein The Maimonidean Controversy Idit Dobbs-Weinstein Hebrew Philosophy in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries Charles H. Manekin Levi ben Gershom (Gersonides) Seymour Feldman Chasdai Crescas Daniel J. Lasker Medieval and Renaissance Jewish Political Philosophy Abraham Melamed Jewish Mysticism: A Philosophical Overview Elliot R. Wolfson Jewish Philosophy on the Eve of Modernity Hava Tirosh-Rothschild Modern Jewish Philosophy. The Nature of Modern Jewish Philosophy Ze'ev Levy The Social and Cultural Context: Seventeenth Century Europe Elisheva Carlebach The Jewish Community of Amsterdam Richard H. Popkin Spinoza Seymour Feldman The Social and Cultural Context: Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment Lois C. Dubin Mendelssohn Michael L. Morgan Nineteenth-Century German Reform Philosophy Mordecai Finley The Ideology of Wissenschaft des Judentums David N. Myers Samson Raphael Hirsch Harry Lesser Traditional Reactions to Modern Jewish Reform: The Paradigm of German Orthodoxy David Ellenson Contemporary Jewish Philosophy. Jewish Nationalism Ze'ev Levy Zionism Ze'ev Levy Jewish Neokantianism: Hermann Cohen Kenneth Seeskin Jewish Existentialism: Buber, Rosenzwieg and Soloveitchik Oliver Leaman Leo Strauss Kenneth Hart Green The Shoah Steven T. Katz Postmodern Jewish Philosophy Richard A. Cohen Jewish Feminist Thought Judith Plaskow The Future of Jewish Philosophy Oliver Leaman
Daniel H. Frank is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky and editor of Commandment and Community (1995).
Oliver Leaman is Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Kentucky and co-editor of The History of Islamic Philosophy (1996). With Charles H. Manekin, they are the editors of the Jewish Philosophy Reader (Routledge 2000), a sourcebook of primary text complementing this history.