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Judaism and the West: From Hermann Cohen to Joseph Soloveitchik

Judaism and the West: From Hermann Cohen to Joseph Soloveitchik

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Grappling with the place of Jewish philosophy at the margin of religious studies, Robert Erlewine examines the work of five Jewish philosophers--Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Joseph Soloveitchik--to bring them into dialogue within the discipline. Emphasizing the tenuous place of Jews in European, and particularly German, culture, Erlewine unapologetically contextualizes Jewish philosophy as part of the West. He teases out the antagonistic and overlapping attempts of Jewish thinkers to elucidate the philosophical and cultural meaning of Judaism when others sought to deny and even expel Jewish influences. By reading the canon of Jewish philosophy in this new light, Erlewine offers insight into how Jewish thinkers used religion to assert their individuality and modernity.



Author: Robert Erlewine
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 08/08/2016
Pages: 242
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.17lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.69d
ISBN: 9780253022257

Review Citation(s):
Choice 05/01/2017

About the Author

Robert Erlewine is Associate Professor of Religion at Illinois Wesleyan University. He is author of Monotheism and Tolerance: Recovering a Religion of Reason (IUP, 2009).


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