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The Legacy of Liberal Judaism: Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt's Hidden Conversation (Hardback)
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The Legacy of Liberal Judaism: Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt's Hidden Conversation (Hardback)

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Hardback 246 Pages / Published: 02/12/2013
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Comparing the liberal Jewish ethics of the German-Jewish philosophers Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt, this book argues that both espoused a diasporic, worldly conception of Jewish identity that was anchored in a pluralist and politically engaged interpretation of Jewish history and an abiding interest in the complex lived reality of modern Jews. Arendt's indebtedness to liberal Jewish thinkers such as Moses Mendelssohn, Abraham Geiger, Hermann Cohen, and Ernst Cassirer has been obscured by her modernist posture and caustic critique of the assimilationism of her German-Jewish forebears. By reorienting our conception of Arendt as a profoundly secular thinker anchored in twentieth century political debates, we are led to rethink the philosophical, political, and ethical legacy of liberal Jewish discourse.

Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781782380078
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Most readers will finish this work with a renewed appreciation of the continuing significance of the moral vision articulated by these exemplars of liberal Judaism." * Choice

"...this work is a fascinating revisionist intellectual history of its two key authors and of Judaism in the twentieth century, and one rich in avenues for further research." * American Historical Review

"...an important [book], overflowing with worthwhile ideas and based upon good reading and research... Curthoys' main theme is succinctly expressed and painfully relevant." * European Judaism

"The book then provides various interesting challenges to scholarship on Arendt, as well as the material on thinkers brought together here as part of the tradition of Liberal Judaism. All this make The Legacy of Liberal Judaism of relevance beyond an exclusively scholarly debate." * Patterns of Prejudice

"This is an important fresh look at modern intellectual history at the interface of philosophy and Jewish thought. It has a persuasive line of argument and illuminating discussions of the subject. It adds a crucial strand to the weave of modern intellectual history and argues that, unless close attention is paid to the dimension of Jewish thought in this project, this history remains misunderstood." * Willi Goetschel, University of Toronto

"This is a very sharp and insightful intellectual history of the relationship between Liberal Judaism, a world view that stressed Enlightenment rationalism and universalism, along with ethical monotheism, and two important twentieth century German thinkers, Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt." * Richard H. King, Nottingham University

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