Moses Mendelssohn's Living Script


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<P>Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786) is often described as the founder of modern Jewish thought and as a leading philosopher of the late Enlightenment. One of Mendelssohn's main concerns was how to conceive of the relationship between Judaism, philosophy, and the civic life of a modern state. Elias Sacks explores Mendelssohn's landmark account of Jewish practice—Judaism's "living script," to use his famous phrase—to present a broader reading of Mendelssohn's writings and extend inquiry into conversations about modernity and religion. By studying Mendelssohn's thought in these dimensions, Sacks suggests that he shows a deep concern with history. Sacks affords a view of a foundational moment in Jewish modernity and forwards new ways of thinking about ritual practice, the development of traditions, and the role of religion in society.</P>
<P>Translations and Abbreviations<BR>Acknowledgements<BR>Introduction<BR>1. The "Living Script": Jerusalem’s Perplexing Arguments<BR>2. Conceptual Disfiguring: Jewish Practice and Philosophical History<BR>3. The Felicity of the Nation: Jewish Practice and Social History<BR>4. "The Strict Obedience We Owe": Jewish Practice and the Study of History<BR>5. Rethinking Mendelssohn: Mendelssohn’s Historical Judaism<BR>Conclusion: Beyond Mendelssohn: History, Modernity, and Religious Practice<BR>Bibliography</P>



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Published 12 December 2016
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EAN13 9780253023872
Language English

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