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Moses Mendelssohn's living script : philosophy, practice, history, Judaism

Author: Elias Sacks
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Sacks, Elias.
Moses Mendelssohn's living script.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016039476
Named Person: Moses Mendelssohn; Moses Mendelssohn; Moses Mendelssohn
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elias Sacks
ISBN: 9780253023742 0253023742
OCLC Number: 945641299
Description: xv, 316 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The "living script": Jerusalem's perplexing arguments --
Conceptual disfiguring: Jewish practice and philosophical history --
The felicity of the nation: Jewish practice and social history --
"The strict obedience we owe": Jewish practice and the study of history --
Rethinking Mendelssohn: Mendelssohn's historical Judaism --
Beyond Mendelssohn: history, modernity, and religious practice.
Responsibility: Elias Sacks.

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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.

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