SUNY series in Jewish Philosophy

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Maimonides and His Heritage

Examines the Jewish philosopher’s influence on theology, philosophy, medicine, and law, and his impact on later thinkers.


Traces the dialectical connections between Zionism’s past and present.

The Talmud's Theological Language-Game

Analyzes the structure and logic of aggadic discourse in the Talmud.

The Philosopher-King in Medieval and Renaissance Jewish Political Thought

Illustrates Plato’s theory of the philosopher-king in the context of medieval and Renaissance Jewish thought.

Jewish Themes in Spinoza's Philosophy

Explores Jewish aspects of Spinoza's philosophy from a wide variety of perspectives.

Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment

Examines how Maimonides integrates scriptural and rabbinic literature into his magnum opus, The Guide of the Perplexed.

The Fence and the Neighbor

Reviews the potentially complementary albeit sharp differences between two important contemporary Jewish philosophers.

Between Mysticism and Philosophy

A revealing study of this important medieval Jewish poet and his relation to Islamic thought.

Reviewing the Covenant

This major intellectual response to the leading theologian of liberal Judaism provides a significant indication of future directions in Jewish religious thought.

Time Matters

Traces the development of the concepts of time, cosmology, and creation in medieval Jewish philosophy.

Maimonides' Political Thought

Examines Maimonides' political thought in light of his medieval Aristotelian and Jewish sources.

Past Imperatives

Explores central questions in the history and theory of Jewish ethics, namely, the relationship between ethics and law, the relationship between ethics and theology, and the problems and prospects for constructing a contemporary Jewish ethic.

Speaking/Writing of God

Identifies and examines the central insights of Franz Rosenzweig and Emmanuel Levinas concerning the religious dimensions of the relationships between persons and extends these insights in order to explore the relevance of religious language to speak of post-Holocaust Jewish life, the critique of the tradition by feminist Jewish philosophers and theologians, and the challenges of religious pluralism.

Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics

This dialogue between the Jewish normative tradition and Western moral philosophy addresses central contemporary issues in medical ethics.

The Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen

This is a translation from the Italian of a study of the work of Hermann Cohen, a figure generally recognized as the most significant Jewish thinker of the past 100 years.

Maimonides on the "Decline of the Generations" and the Nature of Rabbinic Authority

Shows to what extent and in what fashion Jews are bound to accept the opinions and the pronouncements of religious authorities.

Worship of the Heart

Shows that for Maimonides (medieval Jewish philosopher) prayer as a pure act of worship is essential.

Commandment and Community

This book includes contemporary Jewish political practice, and both systematic and historical treatments of issues in Jewish political theory and legal thought.

Gersonides on Providence, Covenant, and the Chosen People

This is a careful examination of the doctrine of Jewish chosenness in the light of Gersonides's thought on providential suffering and on inherited providence. Gersonides is one of the most interesting and important philosophers of the later Jewish Middle Ages.

A People Apart

Philosphical speculations on chosenness and ritual in Judaism.

Autonomy and Judaism

This volume brings together leading philosophers of Judaism on the issue of autonomy in the Jewish tradition. Addressing themselves to the relationship of the individual Jew to the Jewish community and ...

The Refutation of the Christian Principles

During the fourteenth century, there was a general demoralization in the Jewish community in Spain. Many Jews were on the brink of conversion. Rabbi Crescas met the Christian challenge by writing this ...

Maimonides on Judaism and the Jewish People

Maimonides on Judaism and the Jewish People explores Maimonides' philosophical psychology, his ethics, his views on prophecy, providence, and immortality, his understanding of the place of gentiles in ...

Dialogical Philosophy from Kierkegaard to Buber

This book introduces American readers to a philosophical and spiritual exemplar of dialogue. The author presents a way of thinking about ourselves, the world, and our relationship to God that is neither ...

The Pursuit of the Ideal

Steven Schwarzschild—rabbi, socialist, pacifist, theologian, and philosopher—is both the last of the major medieval Jewish philosophers and the most modern. He is in the tradition of the Jewish thinking ...