By Steven Kepnes

Postmodern Jewish thinkers comprehend their Jewishness another way, yet all of them percentage a constancy to what they name the “Torah” and to communal practices of studying and social motion that experience their bases in rabbinic interpretations of biblical narrative, legislations, and trust. therefore, postmodern Jewish considering is considering God, Jews, and the world—with the texts of the Torah—in the corporate of fellow seekers and believers. It makes use of the instruments of philosophy, yet with out their glossy premises. furthermore, this way of Jewish considering presents assets for philosophically disciplined readings of scripture by way of Jews, Christians, and Moslems looking choices to the reductive discourses of secular academia, at the one hand, and to antimodern spiritual fundamentalisms, at the different. Postmodern Jewish Philosophy goals to make use of rabbinic modes of considering to supply a version for moral and spiritual proposal within the twenty-first century, one that strikes past the dichotomy of relativism and imperialism and is concurrently certain and pluralistic.In Reasoning After Revelation: Dialogues in Postmodern Jewish Philosophy, 3 preeminent Jewish students debate the shape and that means of Postmodern Jewish Philosophy after the mess ups of the nice secular ideologies of recent western civilization. Emulating the equipment in addition to the premises of Talmudic argumentation, the authors current their responses as dialogues joined by means of a typical love of the rabbinic culture of observation and interpretation of the Bible. The composers, Peter Ochs, Robert Gibbs, and Steven Kepnes, give some thought to the place Judaism has been—and the place it really is headed: on what foundation will sleek Jews now cause in regards to the that means of Jewish life and the relevance of age-old Biblical traditions to the ethical and social crises of the twenty-first century? The dialogues are additional enriched by way of a suite of responses from best Jewish philosophers: Elliot R. Wolfson, Edith Wyschogrod, Almut Sh. Bruckstein, Yudit Kornberg Greenberg, and Susan E. Shapiro.

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To criticize this sort of reductionism, however, the Jews don't need to cut themselves off from their past; rabbinic literature itself offers alternatives to, and even polemics against, modern sorts of conceptualisms. The rabbis cannot be faulted for overzealously reducing the many to one; they were masters of polysemic reading. B: But if Jewish postmodernists can therefore look to their rabbinic forbears for models of nonreductive readings, why can't other postmodernists look to the Neoplatonic allegorists?

To make a companion of these texts is not to make a judgment on the authority of halakhah, or on the fundamentalist question of what was revealed at Mount Sinai, but to become open to a teaching-the Torah. I wish briefly to take us beyond this inner circle of reflections to show how the three parts of Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption can offer an outline of other currents that inform and contribute to PJP. The Star used to be read as though it were a book only about language and the experiences of speaking.

That focus connects directly with contemporary performance theory and anthropological studies. For Rosenzweig, these social sciences were a way of making ethics true, of implementing the ideals and insights of postmodern hermeneutics. Just as the social sciences can coordinate our ethical relation to suffering, many postmodern innovations in the study of culture and society can help us examine where suffering lies and teach us how to construct institutions that can protect others' freedom. For PJP, this may center around the vety same textual tradition-because the legal tradition retaitls close contact with rr~aterialculture and with the development of social institutions.

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