Language of Conformity and Dissent: On the Imaginative Grammar of Jewish Intellectuals in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Language of Conformity and Dissent: On the Imaginative Grammar of Jewish Intellectuals in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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Giuseppe Veltri

Series: Perspectives in Jewish Intellectual Life
ISBN: 9781618112385 (hardcover)
Pages: 280 pp.
Publication Date: October 2013

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This book outlines some aspects of Jewish intellectual life in the nineteenth and twentieth century, presenting a narrative of the relationship between Jewish scholars and their cultural environment. It investigates the language of conformity and dissent and interprets it as an imaginative grammar, comprising an arsenal of images, concepts, and interpretations. There is a special focus on German roots, for Germany played a major role as an intellectual laboratory in the areas of the (new) branches of academic life. This book consists of four parts: i) Searching for a Scientific Language; ii) “And the Jews”: Political and Cultural History of a Conjunction; iii) Creative Languages: The Interstitial Spaces of Monotheism; iv) Disjunction: The Jewish Dissenter. A bibliography as well as detailed indexes of authors, scholars and subjects are included.


Giuseppe Veltri is professor for Jewish Studies at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and Professor h.c. for History of Religions at the University of Leipzig. He has published numerous monographs and articles including: Scritti politici e filosofici di Simone Luzzatto (2013), Renaissance Philosophy in Jewish Garb (2009), and Libraries, Translations, and ‘Canonic’ Texts (2006).