Dilemmas in Modern Jewish Thought

Dilemmas in Modern Jewish Thought

The Dialectics of Revelation and History
Michael L. Morgan
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/1992
ISBN: 978-0-253-11476-1
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MIchael Morgan has served up an intellectual treat. These subtle and carefully reasoned essays explore the dilemmas of the post-modern Jew who would take history seriously without losing the commanding presence Israel heard at Sinai.... It is a pleasure to be nourished by a fresh mind exploring the tension between reason and revelation, history and faith."—Rabbi Samuel Karff

This is without doubt one of the most significant works in modern Jewish thought and a must for a thoughtful student of contemporary Jewish philosophy." —Rabbie Sheldon Zimmerman

This may well mark the next stage in the long history of Jewish self-understanding." —Ethics

... rigorous history of modern Jewish thought... " —Choice

Is Judaism a timeless, universal set of beliefs or, rather, is it historical and contingent in its relation to different times and places? Morgan clarifies the tensions and dilemmas that characterize modern thinking about the nature of Judaism and clears the way for Jews to appreciate their historical situation, yet locate enduring values and principles in a post-Holocaust world.

Author Bio

MICHAEL L. MORGAN is Professor in the Philosophy and Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University. He is the author of Platonic Piety: Philosophy and Ritual in Fourth Century Athens and editor of The Jewish Thought of Emil Fackenheim and Classics of Moral and Political Theory.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Overcoming the Remoteness of the Past: Memory and Historiography in Modern Jewish Thought

Chapter 2 History and Modern Jewish Thought: Spinoza and Mendelssohn on the Ritual Law

Chapter 3 Liberalism in Mendelssohn’s Jerusalem

Chapter 4 The Curse of Historicity: The Role of History in Leo Strauss and the Possibility of Jewish Philosophy

Chapter 5 Leo Strauss and the Possibility of Jewish Philosophy

Chapter 6 Judaism and Peter Berger’s Heretical Imperative

Chapter 7 Jewish Ethics after the Holocaust

Chapter 8 Historicism, Evil, and Post-Holocaust Moral Thought

Chapter 9 Philosophy, History, and the Jewish Thinker: Jewish Thought and Philosophy in Emil Fackenheim’s To Mend the World

Chapter 10 Franz Rosenzweig, Objectivity, and the New Thinking

Chapter 11 Jewish Philosophy and Historical Self-Consciousness

Chapter 12 Contemporary Jewish Thought in America