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By Claire Elise Katz

How Jewish is smooth Jewish philosophy? The query at the beginning looks nonsensical, till we think about that the executive matters with which Jewish philosophers have engaged, from the Enlightenment via to the past due twentieth century, are the normal preoccupations of basic philosophical inquiry. questions about God, truth, language, and information - metaphysics and epistemology - were of as a lot challenge to Jewish thinkers as they've been to others. Moses Mendelssohn, for instance, used to be a chum of Kant. Hermann Cohen's philosophy is usually defined as 'neo-Kantian.' Franz Rosenzweig wrote his dissertation on Hegel. And the idea of Emmanuel Levinas is indebted to Husserl. during this much-needed textbook, which surveys the main well-known 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 concept stimulated its practitioners. yet she additionally addresses the original ways that being Jewish colored their output, suggesting prepared experience of particularity enabled the Jewish philosophers to assist outline the entire smooth period. meant for use as a middle undergraduate textual content, the booklet also will entice a person with an curiosity how the various maximum minds of the age grappled with a few of its so much pressing and engaging philosophical problems.

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