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Hope for Our Time
Hope for Our Time (April 1999)
Key Trends in the Thought of Martin Buber
Avraham Shapira - Author
Jeffrey M. Green - Translator

In this book, Avraham Shapira traces the history of Buber's ideas and locates underlying structures which unite Buber's thought. Ultimately, Hope for Our Time shows the connection between Buber's philosophy and his spiritual biography.

"Martin Buber remains one of the truly important religious teachers of the twentieth century. His 'philosophy of dialogue' and his commitment to personal encounter with the Other have had great impact o...(Read More)
Past Imperatives
Past Imperatives (August 1998)
Studies in the History and Theory of Jewish Ethics
Louis E. Newman - Author

Explores central questions in the history and theory of Jewish ethics, namely, the relationship between ethics and law, the relationship between ethics and theology, and the problems and prospects for constructing a contemporary Jewish ethic.

Past Imperatives explores the nature and development of Jewish ethics by analyzing three important sets of issues: the relationship between Jewish law and ethics, the relatio...(Read More)
Problems and Parables of Law
Problems and Parables of Law (July 1998)
Maimonides and Nahmanides on Reasons for the Commandments (Ta'amei Ha-Mitzvot)
Josef Stern - Author

A rigorous analysis of Maimonides' and Nahmanides' explanations of the Mosaic commandments that challenges received notions of the relation between these two seminal thinkers.

A central topic in medieval Jewish philosophy and thought was the explanation of the Mosaic commandments. From Philo and Saadiah on, thinkers sought to uncover "reasons for the commandments" (ta'amei ha-mitzvot) both to demonstra...(Read More)
Speaking/Writing of God
Speaking/Writing of God (May 1997)
Jewish Philosophical Reflections on the Life with Others
Michael Oppenheim - Author

Identifies and examines the central insights of Franz Rosenzweig and Emmanuel Levinas concerning the religious dimensions of the relationships between persons and extends these insights in order to explore the relevance of religious language to speak of post-Holocaust Jewish life, the critique of the tradition by feminist Jewish philosophers and theologians, and the challenges of religious pluralism.

"This book offers the best teaching jo...(Read More)
Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity
Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity (April 1997)
Essays and Lectures in Modern Jewish Thought
Leo Strauss - Author
Kenneth Hart Green - Edited and with an introduction by

Explores the impact on Jews and Judaism of the crisis of modernity, analyzing modern Jewish dilemmas and providing a prescription for their resolution.

This is the first book to bring together the major essays and lectures of Leo Strauss in the field of modern Jewish thought. It contains some of his most famous published writings, as well as significant writings which were previously unpublished. Spanning almost 30 years...(Read More)
Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics
Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics (February 1997)
Noam J. Zohar - Author

This dialogue between the Jewish normative tradition and Western moral philosophy addresses central contemporary issues in medical ethics.

Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics consists of a dialogue between contemporary, Western moral philosophy and the Jewish tradition of legal/moral discourse (Halakha). Recognizing that no single tradition has a monopoly on valid moral teachings, it seeks to enrich our ethical persp...(Read More)
The Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen
The Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen (January 1997)
Andrea Poma - Author
John Denton - Translator

This is a translation from the Italian of a study of the work of Hermann Cohen, a figure generally recognized as the most significant Jewish thinker of the past 100 years.
This is a translation of Andrea Poma's La filosofia critica di Hermann Cohen, which first appeared in 1988.
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the German philosophical scene had witnessed the extinction of absolute idealism and the predominance...(Read More)
I and Tao
I and Tao (July 1996)
Martin Buber's Encounter with Chuang Tzu
Jonathan R. Herman - Author

Jonathan Herman presents a new view of the Taoist classic through the lens of Buber's translation and his philosophy developed in I and Thou and later works.

"Through competent scholarship, insightful interpretation, and masterful understanding of the present dialogue on hermeneutics, it brings Buber's book on Chuang Tzu into sinology and sinology via this book into the understanding and interpretation of Buber. No one else has ever ta...(Read More)
The China Factor in Modern Japanese Thought
The China Factor in Modern Japanese Thought (July 1996)
The Case of Tachibana Shiraki, 1881-1945
Lincoln Li - Author

Examines the ideas of Tachibana Shiraki (1881-1945), a revisionist within the Japanese Kangaku tradition, which focused on incorporating Chinese elements into Japanese culture. Tachibana advocated the study of popular culture as the key to understanding contemporary society.

"Li has done an excellent job explaining how a Japanese political thinker can develop a program for China's future which rejects Western lib...(Read More)
Martin Buber and the Human Sciences
Martin Buber and the Human Sciences (June 1996)
Maurice Friedman - Editor

This is the first book on Buber to address the full scope of his seminal influence for any number of thinkers and fields from philosophy to psychotherapy to literary theory.

"This book is timely/past due for a current follow up source to identify the influences of this major twentieth-century thinker on his successors. I found the book hard to put down--despite coming across my desk at a busy end of term. Clearly Buber's...(Read More)
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