Summer Reading 2013


With the Jewish holidays coming right on the heel of Labor Day, it feels finally like it’s time to get back to work. For what it’s worth, this is what I got around to reading this summer into and through the holidays, pretty much in the reverse order in which I read them:

Claire Elise Katz, Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism

Joel Kramer, Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization’s Greatest Minds

Benjamin Pollock, Franz Rosenzweig and the Systematic Task of Philosophy

Ariella Azoulay, The Civil Contract of Photography

Vilem Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Elizabeth Grosz, Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism

Elizabeth Grosz, Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth

Alain Badiou, Deleuze: The Clamor of Being

Deleuze, Foucault

Edmund Husserl, Ideas: General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology

Elliot Wolfson, A Dream within a Dream: Oneiropoiesis and the Prism of Imagination

Asher Biemann, Dreaming of Michelangelo: Jewish Variations on a Modern Theme

Lee Levine, Visual Judaism: Historic Contexts of Jewish Art

Shaul Magid: American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society

What for me is the cohesion of these varied texts speaks precisely to my conception of the field of modern and contemporary Jewish philosophy. At the very least, these are the authors and texts who carried my interest for the last several months.

About zjb

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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