Jewish Philosophy: Perspectives and Retrospectives

Jewish Philosophy: Perspectives and Retrospectives


Raphael Jospe & Dov Schwartz

Series: Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
ISBN: 9781618111609 (hardcover)
Pages: 330 pp. 
Publication Date: September 2012

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This collection includes two symposia, on “The Renaissance of Jewish Philosophy in America” and on “Maimonides on the Eternity of the World,” as well as other studies in medieval Jewish philosophy and modern Jewish thought. Contributors include: Leora Batnitzky, Ottfried Fraisse, William A. Galston, Lenn E. Goodman , Raphael Jospe, Steven Kepnes, Haim Howard Kreisel, Charles Bezalel Manekin, Haggai Mazuz, Paul Mendes-Flohr, Alan Mittleman, Michael Morgan, David Novak, James T. Robinson, Norbert M. Samuelson, Dov Schwartz, Yossef Schwartz, Kenneth Seeskin, Roslyn Weiss, and Martin Yaffe.

Raphael Jospe teaches at Bar-Ilan and Hebrew Universities. His books include a 3-volume Hebrew history of medieval Jewish philosophy, Jewish Philosophy: Foundations and Extensions, and Torah and Sophia: The Life and Thought of Shem Tov ibn Falaquera.

Dov Schwartz, a former Dean of Humanities at Bar Ilan University and head of the departments of philosophy and of music, currently heads its interdisciplinary unit, and holds the Natalie and Isidore Friedman Chair for Teaching Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Thought.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Introduction
Raphael Jospe and Dov Schwartz

Introduction to Part I
Alan Mittleman

Coming After: American Jewish Thought in Light of German Judaism
Leora Batnitzky
Doing Jewish Philosophy in America
Lenn E. Goodman
Thinking Through Scripture and Liturgy after the Shoah
Steven Kepnes
Jewish Thought and Contemporary Philosophy
Michael L. Morgan
Jewish Philosophy in North America
David Novak
On the Renaissance of Jewish Philosophy in America
Norbert M. Samuelson
Covenant and Social Contract: Classical Judaism and Classical Liberalism
Kenneth Seeskin
Philosophy, Jewish Thought, and the American Setting in My Work
Martin D. Yaffe
Jewish Philosophy and American Democracy
William A. Galston
Paul Mendes-Flohr

Maimonides on the Eternity of the World
Howard Kreisel
Maimonides on Creation
Kenneth Seeskin
Comments on Seeskin and Kreisel’s Essays on Maimonides on Creation
Roslyn Weiss
Comments on Professor Kreisel’s Paper
Charles H. Manekin
The Identity of the Sabians: Some Insights
Haggai Mazuz
Moses Ibn Tibbon’s Concept of Vital Heat: A Reassessment of Peripatetic Epistemology in Terms of Natural Science
Ottfried Fraisse
The Phenomenology of Faith: R. Soloveitchik’s Analysis in And From There You Shall Seek
Dov Schwartz
Interactions between Karaite and Rabbanite Thought in Spain and Byzantium
James T. Robinson
‘Anti Maimonidean Maimonideanism’?: Some Remarks on a New Publication
Yossef Schwartz