Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology

Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology

Edited by Randi Rashkover and Martin Kavka
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Format: paper 366 pages, 5 b&w illus.
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-01032-2
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Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology provides the first broad encounter between modern Jewish thought and recent developments in political theology. In opposition to impetuous associations of Judaism and liberalism and charges that Judaism cannot engender a universal political order, the essays in this volume propose a new and richly detailed engagement between Judaism and the political. The vexed status of liberalism in Jewish thought and Judaism in political theology is interrogated with recourse to thinking from across the Continental tradition.

Author Bio

Randi Rashkover is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University. She is author of Freedom and Law: A Jewish-Christian Apologetics, and Revelation and Theopolitics: Barth, Rosenzweig, and the Politics of Praise.

Martin Kavka is the Philip and Muriel Berman Professor of Jewish Studies, and director of the Berman Center for Jewish Studies, at Lehigh University. He is author of Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy (2004).

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"Of real pertinence and fills an important gap. The selection of participants has been judiciously made, and they contribute effectively to clarifying the multifaceted problem that unfolds." —Bettina Bergo, Université de Montréal

"This collection of essays, which examines political theology from the distinct perspective of Jewish philosophy, could not be timelier or more useful for scholars and students navigating what is often viewed as very dense and difficult material." —Claire Elise Katz, Texas A&M University

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Table of Contents

Introduction Randi Rashkover and Martin Kavka
Part I. Judaism and Liberalism
1. Spinoza and the Possibility Condition of Modern Judaism, Jerome Copulsky
2. Plato Prophesied the Revelation: The Philosophico-Political Theology of Strauss’
Philosophy and Law and the Guidance of Hermann Cohen, Dana Hollander

3. What Do the Dead Deserve?: Towards A Critique of Jewish Political Theology,
Martin Kavka

4. The Zionism of Hannah Arendt 1941-1948, Eric Jacobson

Part II. Messianism, Miracle and Power
5. Power and Israel in Martin Buber’s Critique of Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology,
Gregory Kaplan

6. The Political Theology of Ethical Monotheism, Daniel Weidner
7. The Miraculous Birth of the Given, Daniel Brandes

Part III. Ethics, Law and the Universal
8. Bad Jews, Authentic Jews, Figural Jews, Sarah Hammerschlag
9. The Patient Gesture: Law, Liberalism, and Talmud, Zachary Braiterman

Part IV. The Mosaic Distinction
10. Reason within the Bounds of Religion, Robert Erlewine
11. The Impossibility of the Prohibition of Images, Oona Eisenstadt
12.From Distortion to Displacement: Freud and the Mosaic Distinction, Brian Britt
13. Monotheism as a Political Problem, Bruce Rosenstock

Contributors
Index
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