The death and revival of Jewish philosophy

Norbert M. Samuelson

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This essay reflects critically on the past twenty-five years of work in constructive Jewish philosophy in order to propose an agenda for future constructive Jewish philosophy in the next twenty-five years. The critical part of the essay focuses on the reasons why Jewish philosophers can no longer function as public intellectuals and why the field of philosophy itself can no longer serve as a focus for Jewish philosophy. The proposed agenda suggests that the primary topics for Jewish philosophy should be drawn instead from the field of religion and science, with an emphasis on the issues that physics raises for ontology, the issues that life sciences raise for psychology, and what both kinds of studies entail for constructive religious ethics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-134
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Religion
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

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  • Religious studies


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