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Modern French Jewish Thought
Writings on Religion and Politics
Sarah Hammerschlag, ed.

Publication date: May 1, 2018


The Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought

Brandeis
2018 • 304 pp. 6 x 9"
Philosophy / Jewish Studies / Religious Philosophy

$26.00 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0186-2
$95.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-526-8

$24.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0187-9

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An illuminating anthology that traces the trajectory of Jewish thought in twentieth-century France

“Modern Jewish thought” is often defined as a German affair, with interventions from Eastern European, American, and Israeli philosophers. The story of France’s development of its own schools of thought has not been substantially treated outside the French milieu.

This anthology of modern French Jewish writing offers the first look at how this significant and diverse body of work developed within the historical and intellectual contexts of France and Europe. Translated into English, these documents speak to two critical axes—the first between Jewish universalism and particularism, and the second between identification and disidentification of French Jews with France as a nation. Offering key works from Simone Weil, Vladimir Jankélévitch, Emmanuel Levinas, Albert Memmi, Hélène Cixous, Jacques Derrida, and many others, this volume is organized in roughly chronological order to highlight the connections among religion, politics, and history as they coalesce around a Judaism that is unique to France.

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SARAH HAMMERSCHLAG is associate professor of religion and literature in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought and Broken Tablets: Levinas, Derrida, and the Literary Afterlife of Religion.



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