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The Holocaust and the Nonrepresentable
The Holocaust and the Nonrepresentable (June 2018)
Literary and Photographic Transcendence
David Patterson - Author

Argues that Holocaust representation has ethical implications fundamentally linked to questions of good and evil.

Many books focus on issues of Holocaust representation, but few address why the Holocaust in particular poses such a representational problem. David Patterson draws from Emmanuel Levinas’s contention that the Good cannot be represented. He argues that the assault on the Good is equally nonrepresentable and thi...(Read More)
 
 
The Tragedy of Optimism
The Tragedy of Optimism (February 2018)
Writings on Hermann Cohen
Steven S. Schwarzschild - Author
George Y. Kohler - Editor

Complete collection of Schwarzschild’s essays on the neo-Kantian Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.

Steven S. Schwarzschild (1924–1989) was arguably the leading expositor of German-Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen (1842–1918), undertaking a lifelong effort to reintroduce Cohen’s thought into contemporary philosophical discourse. In The Tragedy of Optimism, George Y. Kohler brings together all of Sch...(Read More)
 
 
Out of Control
Out of Control (June 2016)
Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas
Richard A. Cohen - Author

Explores the fundamental confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas in ethics, politics, science, and religion.
After the end of superstitious religion, what is the meaning of the world? Baruch Spinoza’s answer is truth, Emmanuel Levinas’s is goodness: science versus ethics. In Out of Control, Richard A. Cohen brings this debate to life, providing a nuanced exposition of Spinoza and Levinas and the confrontat...(Read More)
 
 
Sharing the Burden
Sharing the Burden (September 2015)
Rabbi Simhah Zissel Ziv and the Path of Musar
Geoffrey D. Claussen - Author

Examines a fascinating and important figure in the history of modern Jewish ethics.

Sharing the Burden analyzes the rich moral traditions of the nineteenth-century Musar movement, an Eastern European Jewish movement focused on the development of moral character. Geoffrey D. Claussen focuses on that movement’s leading moral theorist, Rabbi Simḥah Zissel Ziv (1824–1898), the founder of the first Musar mov...(Read More)
 
 
Other Others
Other Others (April 2010)
Levinas, Literature, Transcultural Studies
Steven Shankman - Author

Looks at literary works from outside the Judeo-Christian tradition to test Levinas’s notion of “the Other.”

In literary and cultural studies today, the term “the Other” appears to have largely lost its moorings in the primacy of the intersubjective encounter, focusing rather on the social construction of the Other. For Emmanuel Levinas, in contrast, the Other is precisely that which el...(Read More)
 
 
The Democratic Ideal and the Shoah
The Democratic Ideal and the Shoah (May 2009)
The Unthought in Political Modernity
Shmuel Trigano - Author
Gila Walker - Translator

An original and revolutionary interpretation of the Jews’ destiny in modern politics.

Is the Shoah a unique event or just one of the many genocides that have occurred (and continue to occur) in modern history? In The Democratic Ideal and the Shoah, Shmuel Trigano begins with the hypothesis that the Shoah must be understood in both universal and singular terms: insofar as it addresses the meaning and va...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophy and Kabbalah
Philosophy and Kabbalah (March 2009)
Elijah Benamozegh and the Reconciliation of Western Thought and Jewish Esotericism
Alessandro Guetta - Author
Helena Kahan - Translator

Reconciles the conflict between these two seemingly diverse traditions.

Philosophy and Kabbalah offers an analysis of the life and work of Elijah Benamozegh (1823–1900), an Italian Kabbalist and philosopher of Moroccan origins. Although the relationship between Kabbalah and philosophy has always been problematic, Benamozegh considered Kabbalah to be the true dogmatic and rational tradition of Judais...(Read More)
 
 
The Philosopher as Witness
The Philosopher as Witness (May 2008)
Fackenheim and Responses to the Holocaust
Michael L. Morgan - Editor
Benjamin Pollock - Editor

Responses to Fackenheim’s reflections on the centrality of the Holocaust to philosophy, Jewish thought, and contemporary experience.

Emil Fackenheim (1916–2003), one of the most important Jewish philosophers of the twentieth century, called on the world at large not only to bear witness to the Holocaust as an unprecedented assault on Judaism and on humanity, but also to recognize that the question o...(Read More)
 
 
The Fence and the Neighbor
The Fence and the Neighbor (November 2000)
Emmanuel Levinas, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, and Israel among the Nations
Adam Zachary Newton - Author

Reviews the potentially complementary albeit sharp differences between two important contemporary Jewish philosophers.

The Fence and the Neighbor traces the contours of two thinkers, Emmanuel Levinas and Yeshayahu Leibowitz, who crossed the divide between Talmud and philosophy "proper." Adam Zachary Newton shows how the question of nationalism that has so long haunted Western philosophy--the question of ...(Read More)
 
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