Virtual (“Jewish Philosophy Place” is “Post-Ethnic”)


Jewish Philosophy Place is “post-ethnic.” To follow Shaul Magid, this means a form of Jewish thought and culture, or a platform, not tied down exclusively to “Jews” and to other Jewish “contents.” A type of online network culture, its topics range across cultural, political, social, and religious worlds. And so do its readers. Mostly from the United States, they also come from everywhere, sometimes for a purpose, sometimes completely at random. Is Jewish Philosophy Place coherent? Sort of. It’s all based in my head, and so, in that sense, it’s staked out as a subjectively defined and limited nodal point, or a constellation of nodal points; but, still, reflecting what I hope is a rangy sets of interests, philosophical and non-philosophical, indeed perhaps more often non-philosophical than philosophical. Like post-ethnic, post Judaism, it’s a work of the imagination, a fantasy construct whose “actuality” is virtual, most likely dubious.


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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