In God's name only? Re-examining the politics of four modern Jewish thinkers
Friday 22 September 2023, 2.00pm to 3.00pm BST
Re-reading these thinkers alongside classical rabbinical responses to the violence carried out by God and people, Weiss highlights their (hitherto unperceived) politics and their radical Jewishness.
This event marks the launch of the book Modern Jewish Philosophy and the Politics of Divine Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2023). Modern Jewish philosophy and the politics of Divine Violence brings to light striking political aspects of the writings of the modern Jewish philosophers, who have often been understood as non-political. In addition, Weiss shows how the four modern thinkers are more radical and more shaped by Jewish tradition than has previously been thought. Taken as a whole, Weiss' book argues for a fundamental rethinking of the relationship between Judaism and politics, the history of Jewish thought, and the ethical and political dynamics of the broader Western philosophical tradition
Dr Daniel Weiss (Fellow of Darwin College)
Daniel H. Weiss is Polonsky-Coexist Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies (Faculty of Divinity), co-lead of the Scripture and Violence Project, and author of Modern Jewish Philosophy and the Politics of Divine Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2023).
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The event will be livestreamed.
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Capacity at the Faculty of Divinity is limited. Those wishing to partake of the celebratory afternoon tea (suitable for vegans) should book in advance.