By Leonard Levin Eliezer Schweid
The end result of Eliezer Schweids life-work as Jewish highbrow historian, this five-volume paintings presents a finished, interdisciplinary account of the key thinkers and pursuits in glossy Jewish idea, within the context of basic philosophy and Jewish social-political ancient advancements. a big topic of the paintings is the reaction of Jewish suggestion to the increase and main issue of Western humanism from the seventeenth throughout the twentieth centuries.Volume One, The interval of the Enlightenment, incorporates a methodological advent to the bigger paintings, in addition to thorough shows of Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Maimon, Ascher, Wessely, Schnaber and Krochmal. pill essays on Kant, Hegel, and Schelling spotlight the problems they bring up that will be of an important value for Jewish inspiration.
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Essential Papers on Jewish Culture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy, (New York: NYU Press, 1992), and Leonard Levin, Seeing With Both Eyes: Ephraim Luntshitz and the Polish Jewish Renaissance, (Leiden: Brill, 2008). (LL) judaism, philosophy and modernity 27 of religion, from Maimonides through Gersonides and Crescas to Judah Abravanel. Spinoza may have read himself out of the Jewish community, but he did not embrace another religion, rather he left the community of religious believers altogether.
They could not have withstood the inner tension generated by this encounter, were there not between them—in addition to their oppositions— deep and strong common elements that were sufficient to hold them together in the framework of one multi-layered culture. The civilizational substructure, the social foundation and the political organization formed a framework of a single culture, which had a common value judaism, philosophy and modernity 17 foundation. These common elements were validated both by philosophy and by religion.
The problem was precipitated historically by the sharp controversy that accompanied the emergence of philosophy in Jewish culture. It was evidently the case that philosophy did not emerge from within, but was acquired from outside, and this acquisition was considered problematic and difficult from the outset. It seemed to be imposed by the external conflict between Jewish religious culture and the surrounding religious cultures in which philosophy had previously developed. This precipitated a fierce conflict within Jewry between those who recognized the necessity and usefulness of philosophy and those who derided it as a kind of assimilation and submission to an alien culture that denied or usurped authentic Judaism.