Natan Sznaider offers a highly original account of Jewish memory and politics before and after the Holocaust. It seeks to recover an aspect of Jewish identity that has been almost completely lost today – namely, that throughout much of their history Jews were both a nation and cosmopolitan, they lived in a constant tension between particularism and universalism. And it is precisely this tension, which Sznaider seeks to capture in his innovative conception of ‘rooted cosmopolitanism', that is increasingly the destiny of all peoples today. The book pays special attention to Jewish intellectuals who played an important role in advancing universal ideas out of their particular identities. The central figure in this respect is Hannah Arendt and her concern to build a better world out of the ashes of the Jewish catastrophe. The book demonstrates how particular Jewish affairs are connected to current concerns about cosmopolitan politics like human rights, genocide, international law and politics. Jewish identity and universalist human rights were born together, developed together and are still fundamentally connected. This book will appeal both to readers interested in Jewish history and memory and to anyone concerned with current debates about citizenship and cosmopolitanism in the modern world.
In The Cosmopolitan Ethos, Joanna Rozpedowski examines leading aspects of the liberal cosmopolitan paradigm for the organization of political life in an era of globalization. While relying upon a postmodernist approach, the author interrogates and develops a specifically Foucauldian interpretation of international politics and the emerging multilayered global order. The book aims to show how a close reading of Michel Foucault''s insights on power, subjectivity, freedom, resistance, and self-creation can furnish a normative support for the twenty-first century cosmopolitan democracy as well as give salience to the spirit and practice of cosmopolitan citizenship in the world of increasingly displaced loyalties, porous identities, and atrophied socio-political commitments. The analysis should prove especially appealing to political theorists pondering citizenship and governance beyond the statist paradigm.
In the Jewish tradition, it is incumbent upon every generation to attempt to find meaning in its history. Meaning is co-created within the context of the inter-subjective field of a meeting of minds. Psychoanalysis, in some respects like the Jewish tradition from which it emerged, represents a body of thought about man's relation to himself and to others, and places great value on the influence of memory, narrative, and history in creating meaning within the dyadic relationship of analyst and patient. In 'Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought,' editors Aron and Henik have brought together an international collection of contemporary scholars and clinicians to address the interface and the mutual influence of Jewish thought and modern psychoanalysis.
Habermas and the Cosmopolitan Condition is a concise and detailed analysis of one of the most influential thinkers of our time that demonstrates the importance of Habermas’ theory of cosmopolitanism for contemporary debates regarding global order. In Habermas and the Cosmopolitan Condition, Amsalu Tebeje Tesfahun discusses Habermas' theory of communicative action, public sphere and discourse theory of law and democracy in order to analyze his conception of the cosmopolitan condition as a constitutionally structured multilevel global governance without global government geared towards a global realization of human rights and democracy. Tesfahun then offers a critical examination of Habermas' cosmopolitan project. He shows how the development of cosmopolitan consciousness and global public sphere is compromised by economic globalization and the difficulty of overcoming global social and economic inequalities through world domestic politics. He argues that popular based nationalism might make the state serve majority of people in postcolonial south. This book will be of great interest to students and researchers in the fields of international political and social theory.
Hayyim Schauss taught for more than twenty-five years at the Jewish Teachers Seminary in New York and at the College of Jewish Studies and the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He was the author of many books and articles on the Jewish religion and its customs, ceremonies and folklore.
This volume was prepared under the sponsorship of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter as part of its seventyfifth anniversary of Babyn Yar Project held in Kyiv, Ukraine, 23–29 September 2016. The editors appreciatethe support of the sponsor and recognize that the views expressed in this volume are not necessarily those of theUkrainian Jewish Encounter.
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Human long term memory can be categorized as Procedural and Declarative. Memory for faces is declarative and plays an essential role in social interactions. Face perception guides our behavior towards others in society. In order to understand the memory for faces its two components - face identity and face expression needs to be addressed. Recent research in Neuroscience suggests sleep modulates memory consolidation. However, researches targeting the effects of sleep on declarative memory has been largely inconclusive. The present work makes an attempt to investigate the role of sleep on memory for faces
Grace Aguilar, a prolific nineteenth-century novelist and Jewish historian of Sephardic descent, was known for her works of fiction, but in this 1845 publication she addresses Jewish history from a female perspective. These two volumes consist of a series of biographical essays on Old Testament, Talmudic and modern Jewish women. Aguilar identifies a need for more female biography of scripture, postulating a continuity between the biblical matriarchs and the Jewish women of her generation. Addressing a female readership, Aguilar writes in a didactic and highly evangelical tone characteristic of the period, using her discussion to argue for the emancipation of Jews, particularly Jewish women, who should also have access to all Jewish religious texts. The Women of Israel is divided into seven historical periods, and this first volume deals with the first three.
Ever since the first encounter between Judaism and the western world in the second century BCE, Jewish thinkers like Maimonides, Gersonides, R. Moses Hayyim Luzzatto, and Rabbi A. I. Kook have grappled with issues of Jewish faith and modernity. The works they published, which comprise Jewish classical philosophy, were products of the highest intellectual caliber, and no question of faith, no matter how embarrassing or heretical, was overlooked. In this book Raphael Shuchat presents the reader with some of the main and timeless issues of Jewish philosophy over the ages and updates them to twenty-first century thinking, making each issue relevant for the modern reader. This book offers a fresh intellectual outlook on the Jewish faith, and contains a timely message for all religionists and thinkers in the twenty-first century. It will be of great use to both students and laymen.
Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages presents an overview of the formative period of medieval Jewish philosophy, from its beginnings with Sa`adiah Gaon to its apex in Maimonides, when Jews living in Islamic countries and writing in Arabic were the first to develop a conscious and continuous tradition of philosophy. The book includes a dictionary of selected philosophic terms, and discusses the Greek and Arabic schools of thought influencing the Jewish thinkers and to which they responded. The discussion covers: What is Jewish philosophy; Sa`adiah Gaon and the Kalam; Jewish Neo-Platonism; Bahya ibn Paqudah; Abraham ibn Ezra's philosophical Bible exegesis; Judah Ha-Levi's critique of philosophy; Abraham ibn Daud and the transition to Aristotelianism; Maimonides; the controversy over Maimonides and philosophy.