Much as he considered himself a philosopher, Morris Raphael Cohen was also immersed in the machinery of social life. From his first years of "engagement" as a volunteer teacher in Thomas Davidson's school for working-class people, to his last as professor of philosophy at New York's City College and at the University of Chicago, he constantly sought to understand the underlying assumptions of human behavior.
The studies Cohen gathered together for Reflections of a Wondering Jew are an indication of representative achievements of his life. He was deeply involved in the experience of the American Jewish community, and much of his work here consists of an inquiry into and analysis of specifically Jewish affairs. Some of his most valuable contributions to American thought and maturity are those that were never included in standard philosophical efforts. His work and scholarship provide foundations for the field of human problems and the history of ideas. These lectures illuminated the way forward in so many of our crisis years.
There is a certain tragedy to the fact that for many decades Morris Raphael Cohen had hoped to organize and put into systematic form his literary reflections on Jewish problems and American liberalism. Towards the end of his life, he faced the realization that many of his intended writings would never reach fruition. Though this volume may not be quite what Cohen intended, it is a product of a mature giant in American intellectual history.
Introduction to the Transaction Edition
JEWS IN AMERICA
1. What I Believe as an American Jew
2. Roads for American Jewry
3. Jewish Education
5. Jews in Commerce and the Professions
JEWS AND THE WORLD
6. Philosophies of Jewish History
8. The Jew in Science
9. Lods' The Prophets and the Rise of Judaism
10. Rees' A Critique of the Jews
11. Parkes' The Jew and His Neighbour and Lewisohn's The Answer
12. Bloom's My Memories and Frumkin's In the Springtime of Jewish Socialism
13. A Rabbinic Anthology
14. Hoschander's The Priests and Prophets and Finkelstein's The Pharisees
15. Freud's Moses and Monotheism
16. Strickland's Religion and the State in Georgia
17. The American Jewish Year Book
18. Kenyon's The Bible and Archaeology
19. Judaism and Christianity
20. Powell's Spinoza and Religion