Questioning Judaism

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Stanford University Press, 2004 - Philosophy - 167 pages
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In the wake of the Dreyfus affair and the Shoah, many French intellectuals have maintained rich and complex relationships with Judaism, beyond as well as within the religious dimension. Whether they approach it via history, philosophy, biblical studies or sociology, or following a personal itinerary, many contemporary intellectuals are deeply involved in Jewish culture.

Interviewed at length by Elisabeth Weber, this volume presents the meditations of seven well-known French thinkers on the special relations of their own intellectual pursuit to Judaism. As memory or as the place of circumfession (in Jacques Derrida's words), as the symbol of the unrepresentable (Jean-François Lyotard) or as the witness, according to Emmanuel Levinas, to a biblical humanity, Judaism is continually engaged in renewing and displacing contemporary thought.

The volume includes interviews with: Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Jacques Derrida, Rita Thalmann, Emmanuel Levinas, Léon Poliakov, Jean-François Lyotard, and Luc Rosenzweig.

 

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Contents

Against the Murderers of Memory
26
A Testimony Given
39
Women of Resistance
59
Humanity Is Biblical
77
Before the Law After the Law
104
Born in 1943
122
Notes
137
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Elisabeth Weber is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the editor of Jacques Derrida, Points . . . : Interviews 1974-1994 (Stanford, 1995).

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