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Jewish Philosophy Past and Present

Contemporary Responses to Classical Sources, 1st Edition

Edited by Daniel Frank, Aaron Segal


318 pages

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In this innovative volume contemporary philosophers respond to classic works of Jewish philosophy. For each of twelve central topics in Jewish philosophy, Jewish philosophical readings, drawn from the medieval period through the twentieth century, appear alongside an invited contribution that engages both the readings and the contemporary philosophical literature in a constructive dialogue. The twelve topics are organized into four sections, and each section commences with an overview of the ensuing dialogue and concludes with a list of further readings. The introduction to the volume assesses the current state of Jewish philosophy and argues for a deeper engagement with analytic philosophy, exemplified by the new contributions.

Jewish Philosophy Past and Present: Contemporary Responses to Classical Sources is a cutting edge work of Jewish philosophy, and, at the same time, an engaging introduction to the issues that animated Jewish philosophers for centuries and to the texts that they have produced. It is designed to set the agenda in Jewish philosophy for years to come.   


"This book offers a lively and fascinating dialogue among medieval and modern Jewish thinkers on perennially significant philosophical issues. As such it exemplifies the tradition of commentary and argument constitutive of the Jewish intellectual tradition. Essential reading for all who want to enter the world of philosophically literate Jewish thought."

Alan Mittleman, The Jewish Theological Seminary, USA

Table of Contents

I Language and Interpretation

  1. Religious Language
  2. The Interpretation of Scripture
  3. Jewish Philosophy and Its History
  4. II Epistemology and Metaphysics

  5. Belief, Knowledge, and Theism
  6. Idolatry
  7. Human Ontology and Immortality
  8. III Philosophical Theology

  9. Divine Justice
  10. Chosenness
  11. Redemption and Messianism
  12. IV Practical Philosophy

  13. Ritual and Rationality
  14. Repentance and Forgiveness
  15. Religious Pluralism and Toleration

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