Dialogue with Deviance: The Hasidic Ethic and the Theory of Social Contraction

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University Press of America, 1983 - Social Science - 214 pages
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Mordechai Rotenberg, who is well known for his work on the pessimistic impact of Protestant ethics on the Western social sciences, presents here a systematic study derived from, and based on, Judeo-Hasidic ethics. Proceeding from the cabalistic-Hasidic concept of contraction (tzimtsum), according to which God's voluntary withdrawal into Himself to evacuate space for the world serves as a model for human behavior, Professor Rotenberg shows that it is not personal-social construction, but self- and social contraction, that explains how the "is" and the "ought" of society are developed and maintained.

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Contents

The Sociological Perspective
1
The Social Contract and Social Contraction
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Contractional Alterism vs Contractual Altruism
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Mordechai Rotenberg is a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among his other books are "Between Rationality and Irrationality, Rewriting the Self, Hasidic Psychology, " and "Damnation and Deviance", all published in new paperback editions by Transaction.

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