A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking: Critical Theory After Adorno as Applied to Jewish Thought

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A&C Black, Mar 24, 2011 - Religion - 224 pages
A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking is a search for authenticity that combines critical thinking with a yearning for heartfelt poetics. A physiognomy of thinking addresses the figure of a life lived where theory and praxis are unified. This study explores how the critical essays on music of German-Jewish thinker, Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903-1969) necessarily accompany the downfall of metaphysics. By scrutinizing a critical juncture in modern intellectual history, marked in 1931 by Adorno's founding of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, neglected applications of Critical Theory to Jewish Thought become possible. This study proffers a constructive justification of a critical standpoint, reconstructively shown how such ideals are seen under the genealogical proviso of re/cognizing their original meaning. Re/cognition of A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking redresses neglected applications of Negative Dialectics, the poetics of God, the metaphysics of musical thinking, reification in Zionism, the transpoetics of Physics and Metaphysics, as well as correlating Aesthetic Theory to Jewish Law (halakhah).
 

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Contents

Criterion for Attuning to a New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking
1
Part I Construction
13
Origin and Future of Machshevet Yisrael after Negative Dialectics
15
Metaphysical Atheism between Thinking Poetry and Poetics of Alterity
27
Toward a Metaphysics of Musical Temporality
45
Part II Reconstruction
73
How Reification of Israel Forgets to ReMember Zion
75
From Jargon to Praxis of Critical Judaism
87
Correlations in the Poetics of Science and Art
113
How a Poethics of Theory and Praxis Enhances Existence
117
Necessary Incompleteness in Ethics
122
Can Musical Thinking Redeem Religions Imago Templi?
135
Retracing Residuals of Childhood in Revisioning the Future
147
Notes
154
Bibliography
196
Index
205

Truth of Testimony as Model for Community
97
Part III Genealogical Proviso
111

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About the author (2011)

Aubrey L. Glazer received his PhD in Hebrew Hermeneutics from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is Senior Rabbi of the Jewish Community Center of Harrison, NY, USA.

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