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Rethinking Jewish Messianism

What is one to conclude about Jewish messianism on the basis of Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism? An edited volume, the chapters are based on the proceedings from a working group run out of the Tikvah Fund over a … Continue reading

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Affect, Bodies, Virtue Ethics (Jonathan Schofer)

[[Andres Serrano, The Morgue (Jane Doe Killed by Police), 1991]] Jonathan Schofer’s Confronting Vulnerability: The Body and the Divine in Rabbinic Ethics is a uniquely beautiful and affecting book of Jewish philosophical meditation. The particular emphasis of the book is … Continue reading

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Virtue Ethics & Aesthetic Subordination (Jonathan Schofer)(Avot de Rabbi Natan)

  Jonathan Schofer is without doubt among the most insightful and sensitive theorists writing about Jewish ethics mixing perspectives drawn from rabbinic source material and contemporary philosophy. His starting point is character or virtue ethics. The Making of A Sage: … Continue reading

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What’s Divine About Divine Law is Human (Divorced from Reason, Truth, & Stasis) (Christine Hayes)

Oddly enough, so-called divine law for the rabbis has all the characteristics that Greco-Roman thinkers ascribed to positive (i.e. human) law but which they (the Greco-Roman thinkers) denied to divine-natural law. This would boil down to the capacity of law … Continue reading

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Jewish Art and The World of Diaspora Culture (Skies of Parchment/Seas of Ink)

Marc Michael Epstein’s edited Skies of Parchment/Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts is a recent addition to the Jewish art scholarship. It’s bold approach is to treat the subject topically, as opposed to chronologically or geographically. This gets you a big … Continue reading

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Spinoza Redux and Other Transpositions of the Posthuman Subject (Rosi Braidotti)

More on Rosi Braidotti — I posted earlier about Metamorphoses and its organization of a philosophical and political project around figures –in particular the joining of “women” with “animals,” “monsters,” and “machines.” In this one, Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics, Braidotti’s … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses & Trans-Human Becomings (Rosi Braidotti)

Reading Rosi Braidotti sometimes feels like reading comic books, or science-fiction. Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming is no exception.  The book is like a dare. Throughout the course of western culture and into our own popular culture, the … Continue reading

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