Jewish Philosophy

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Saying Peace

Offers an immanent critique of Levinas’s core philosophical proposals by reference to his allegedly eurocentric statements.

Jews Out of the Question

A provocative study of opposition to anti-Semitism in contemporary political philosophy.

Leo Strauss and the Theopolitics of Culture

This archive-based study of the philosophy of Leo Strauss provides in-depth interpretations of key texts and their larger theoretical contexts.

The Tragedy of Optimism

Complete collection of Schwarzschild’s essays on the neo-Kantian Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.

Out of Control

Explores the fundamental confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas in ethics, politics, science, and religion.

Sharing the Burden

Examines a fascinating and important figure in the history of modern Jewish ethics.

Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Rationalism

Examines the German and Jewish sources of Strauss's thought and the extent to which his philosophy can shed light on the crisis of liberal democracy.

Progressive Minds, Conservative Politics

Compelling account of Strauss's mature Maimonidean writings.

Utopia of Understanding

A hermeneutics of language after Auschwitz.

Other Others

Looks at literary works from outside the Judeo-Christian tradition to test Levinas's notion of "the Other. "

Maimonides' Cure of Souls

Explores the unacknowledged psychological element in Maimonides’ work, one which prefigures the latter insights of Freud.

Maimonides and His Heritage

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

The Democratic Ideal and the Shoah

An original and revolutionary interpretation of the Jews’ destiny in modern politics.

Between Athens and Jerusalem

Examines the early works of German-Jewish philosopher Leo Strauss (1899-1973).

Zionism

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.

Beyond Theodicy

Explores the work of post-Holocaust Jewish and Christian thinkers who reject theodicy—arguments explaining why a loving God can permit evil and suffering in the world.

On Meanings of Life

Explores the factors that make for a meaningful life.

Leo Strauss

Presents the early published writings of the distinguished political philosopher Leo Strauss, available here for the first time in English. “Zank places at the reader’s disposal the young Strauss’s passionate advocacy of political Zionism and his early confrontations with Spinoza, consideration of whom helped lead Strauss to formulate his teaching on ‘the quarrel between the ancients and the moderns.’” — National Review

Jewish Themes in Spinoza's Philosophy

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

Marvin Fox: Collected Essays on Philosophy and on Judaism, Vol. 1

Edited by Jacob Neusner
Subjects: Jewish Studies

A selection of his more important writings.

Marvin Fox: Collected Essays on Philosophy and on Judaism, Vol. 2

Edited by Jacob Neusner
Subjects: Jewish Studies

A selection of his more important writings.

Marvin Fox: Collected Essays on Philosophy and on Judaism, Vol. 3

Edited by Jacob Neusner
Subjects: Jewish Studies

A selection of his more important writings.

The Fence and the Neighbor

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

Ninety-Two Poems and Hymns of Yehuda Halevi

Through translation and commentary, this book presents the final visionary statements of the German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig.

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.

Hope for Our Time

Uncovers the underlying structures of Martin Buber's thought across his diverse writings.

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.

Problems and Parables of Law

A rigorous analysis of Maimonides' and Nahmanides' explanations of the Mosaic commandments that challenges received notions of the relation between these two seminal thinkers.

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.

Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity

Explores the impact on Jews and Judaism of the crisis of modernity, analyzing modern Jewish dilemmas and providing a prescription for their resolution.

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.

Philosopher and Prophet

This book relates the various strata of Halevi's Book of Kuzari to the different periods of Halevi's philosophical development.

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.

Philosophy and Law

A groundbreaking study of the political philosophy of Maimonides and his Islamic predecessors.

Jew and Philosopher

The first book to deal with the Jewish thought of Leo Strauss.

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 ...

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 ...

Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age

Clearly written, historically sophisticated, Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age presents a running dialogue between a rationalist understanding of religion and its many critics, ranging from Descartes ...