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THE LEGACY OF LIBERAL JUDAISM

Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt's Hidden Conversation

Ned Curthoys

248 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-007-8 $90.00/£56.00 Hb Published (October 2013)

eISBN 978-1-78238-008-5 $90.00/£56.00 eBook Published


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“Most readers will finish this work with a renewed appreciation of the continuing significance of the moral vision articulated  by these exemplars of liberal Judaism.”  ·  Choice

This is an important fresh look at modern intellectual history at the interface of philosophy and Jewish thought. It has a persuasive line of argument and illuminating discussions of the subject. It adds a crucial strand to the weave of modern intellectual history and argues that, unless close attention is paid to the dimension of Jewish thought in this project, this history remains misunderstood.”  ·  Willi Goetschel, University of Toronto

This is a very sharp and insightful intellectual history of the relationship between Liberal Judaism, a world view that stressed Enlightenment rationalism and universalism, along with ethical monotheism, and two important twentieth century German thinkers, Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt.”  ·  Richard H. King, Nottingham University

Comparing the liberal Jewish ethics of the German-Jewish philosophers Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt, this book argues that both espoused a diasporic, worldly conception of Jewish identity that was anchored in a pluralist and politically engaged interpretation of Jewish history and an abiding interest in the complex lived reality of modern Jews. Arendt’s indebtedness to liberal Jewish thinkers such as Moses Mendelssohn, Abraham Geiger, Hermann Cohen, and Ernst Cassirer has been obscured by her modernist posture and caustic critique of the assimilationism of her German-Jewish forebears. By reorienting our conception of Arendt as a profoundly secular thinker anchored in twentieth century political debates, we are led to rethink the philosophical, political, and ethical legacy of liberal Jewish discourse.

Ned Curthoys is an Associate Professor in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. With Debjani Ganguly he is co-editor of Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public-Intellectual (Melbourne University Press, 2007).


LC: BM197 .C87 2013

BL: YC.2014.a.1448

BISAC: HIS022000 HISTORY/Jewish; POL042000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Ideologies/General; PHI000000 PHILOSOPHY/General

BIC: JFSR1 Jewish studies; HP Philosophy



Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1. ‘This Man of Our Destiny’: Moses Mendelssohn, Nathan the Wise, and the emergence of a Liberal Jewish Ethos
Chapter 2. Diasporic Visions:  the emergence of Liberal Judaism
Chapter 3. Abraham Geiger: Rabbi and Writer
Chapter 4. Hermann Cohen’s Prophetic Judaism
Chapter 5. Ernst Cassirer and the Ethical Legacy of Hermann Cohen
Chapter 6. Ernst Cassirer: The Enlightenment as Counter-History
Chapter 7. Hannah Arendt: The Task of the Historian
Chapter 8. Hannah Arendt: A Question of Character

Conclusion: The Legacies of Liberal Judaism

Bibliography
Index

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