Rethinking Jewish Philosophy Hardback

Beyond Particularism and Universalism

by Aaron W Hughes;

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Rethinking Jewish Philosophy

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Jewish thought is, in many ways, a paradox. Is it theology or is it philosophy? Does it use universal methods to articulate Judaism's particularity or does it justify Judaism's particularity with appeals to illuminating the universal? These two sets of claims are difficult if not impossible to reconcile, and their tension reverberates throughout the length and breadth of Jewish philosophical writing, from Saadya Gaon in the ninth century to Emmanuel Levinas in the twentieth. Rather than assume, as most scholars of Jewish philosophy do, that the terms "philosophy" and "Judaism" simply belong together, Hughes explores the juxtaposition and the creative tension that ensues from their cohabitation, examining adroitly the historical, cultural, intellectual, and religious filiations between Judaism and philosophy. Breaking with received opinion, this book seeks to challenge the exclusionary, particularist, and essentialist nature that is inherent to the practice of something problematically referred to as "Jewish philosophy." Hughes begins with the premise that Jewish philosophy is impossible and begins the process of offering a sophisticated and constructive rethinking of the discipline that avoids the traditional extremes of universalism and particularism.

Rethinking Jewish Philosophy by Aaron W Hughes was published by Oxford University Press in February 2014. The ISBN for Rethinking Jewish Philosophy is 9780199356812.

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Page last updated 26th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (February 2014)
Number of Pages192
Thickness19 mm
Height241 mm
Width162 mm
Product Code4258224
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