Special Issue "Religion and Modern Jewish Thought"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2018)
Prof. Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr
Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought; Associate Faculty in the Department of History, Divinity School, University of Chicago, Swift Hall, 1025 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637, USA. Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Interests: modern Jewish intellectual history; modern Jewish philosophy and religious thought; philosophy of religion; German intellectual history; the history and sociology of intellectuals. He has recently completed a biography of Martin Buber, to be published by Yale University Press
With Jewry’s entry into the modern world, Judaism, as Leora Batnitzky noted, became a religion. This process can be various understood: From a comprehensive way of life, Judaism was constricted to a religous confession affirming distinctive articles of faith; their incremental integration into an open society and the cultural and intellectual encounter with other faith traditions, Jews were increasingly challenged to explain to themselves and others the “theological” presuppostions of Judaism. This task was often pursued with conceptual and hermeneutic perspectives unique to the modern world, such as, historical and textual criticism, and with reference to philosophical discourse initiated by the likes of Kant, Hegel, Schelling, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Faucault and Derrida.
The volume is conceived as a symposium in which the issues delineated in the above summary will be addressed. The articles may consider the thought of representatives of all tendencies in modern Jewish thought: Reform, Orthodox, Hasidic, Ultra-Orthodox and those without a denominational affiliation; the issues considered may also appertain to adjustments of Judaism to questions of gender and sexual orientation. The genres of the reflections on Judaism under the conditions of modernity may also include belles lettes, poetry, and cinema. Nor is the purview of the symposium restricted to European Jewish thought.
It is hoped that the thematic parameters symposium will provide a broad and nuanced discussion of the varied expressions of modern Jewish religious thought.
Prof. Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr
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- Modern Jewish philosophy and theology
- Post-traditional genres of Jewish religious thought