By Claire Elise Katz

How Jewish is glossy Jewish philosophy? The query at the start looks nonsensical, till we give some thought to that the manager matters with which Jewish philosophers have engaged, from the Enlightenment via to the overdue twentieth century, are the traditional preoccupations of basic philosophical inquiry. questions about God, fact, language, and data - metaphysics and epistemology - were of as a lot quandary to Jewish thinkers as they've been to others. Moses Mendelssohn, for instance, used to be a pal of Kant. Hermann Cohen's philosophy is frequently defined as 'neo-Kantian.' Franz Rosenzweig wrote his dissertation on Hegel. And the concept of Emmanuel Levinas is indebted to Husserl. during this much-needed textbook, which surveys the main famous thinkers of the final 3 centuries, Claire Katz situates smooth Jewish philosophy within the wider cultural and highbrow context of its day, indicating how broader currents of British, French and German proposal prompted its practitioners. yet she additionally addresses the original ways that being Jewish colored their output, suggesting willing feel of particularity enabled the Jewish philosophers to aid outline the complete smooth period. meant for use as a center undergraduate textual content, the e-book also will attract a person with an curiosity how a few of the maximum minds of the age grappled with a few of its so much pressing and engaging philosophical problems.

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