Material Feminism & Jewish Aesthetic Thought (New Chapter)


Needless to say, there has been little to zero recognition of these kinds of questions in Jewish philosophy about human viscera, affect, imagination, and the constitution and deconstitution of human subjectivities. The larger contexts to all this are woolly ideas in the history of philosophy like entelechy, the Bildungstrieb in Kant’s Critique of Judgment, vitalism in Bergson and other. To start this for my own more narrow purposes, I’m turning to material (Deleuzian) feminisms, affect theory, and the rabbis. It’s a compelling assemblage. Without flinching, they’ll look at anything.  You know who you are. I owe an incalculable debt to friends and colleagues Gail Hamner. Laura Levitt, and Claire Katz and to so many students in the Religion Department at Syracuse University. With bumps in the road, working slow and steady. A nice coincidence, on Shabbat I recently finished Moshe Chayyim Luzzato’s Way of God and have started Chaim Volozohin’s Soul of Life. They seem neatly related. This viscera stuff is just going to be a chapter, but it’s time for some due diligence, right?

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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7 Responses to Material Feminism & Jewish Aesthetic Thought (New Chapter)

  1. leakyink says:

    Leaky bodies, eh?! Hope you’re having fun!

  2. mghamner says:

    Yes, time for due diligence.

  3. snailgem says:

    interesting stuff… though over my head i think…
    please let us know if you figure out why the ari excludes the sense of touch (or replaces it with speech) from the senses that emanate from the orifices of adam kadmon.
    and don’t forget to say the asher yatzar blessing ;—-)
    gut shabbos

  4. There’s a word missing in the last paragraph

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