Is There a Jewish Philosophy?: Rethinking Fundamentals by Leon RothIs There a Jewish Philosophy?: Rethinking Fundamentals by Leon Roth

Is There a Jewish Philosophy?: Rethinking Fundamentals

byLeon Roth

Paperback | March 15, 1999

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Leon Roth (1896-1963) was the first Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He wanted his students to think, and to think about their Judaism. Typical of his approach is the question with which this selection of essays opens: in what sense can we talk about Jewishphilosophy, and what can we expect to find if we look for it? The title essay ends with the contention that Judaism must be seen as the classic expression of monotheism, as the antithesis of myth, and as the essence of ethics and morality. The emphasis that Roth placed on ethics as the essence ofJudaism was not merely theoretical: in 1951 he resigned from the Hebrew University and left Israel in response to what he perceived as the betrayal of Jewish ethics by the rulers of the newly established State of Israel. Defining philosophy as "the search, through thought, for the permanent", Rothargues that in order to say whether there is a truly Jewish philosophy one has to "rethink fundamentals" - those elements in our lives, in history, and in nature which appear to be not incidental and trivial but basic.The eleven elegantly written essays published here represent a selection of Roth's explorations of various aspects of his theme. Edward Ullendorff's Foreword, based on long years of personal acquaintance, is an appreciation of Roth's singular personality, grace, and moral stature, and of hisdevotion to an interpretation of Judaism that is rational and humane. A complete bibliography of Roth's writings, compiled by Raphael Loewe, rounds out the picture of the man and his writings.
Following a brilliant academic career in England, Leon Roth (1896-1963) became, at the age of 32, the first professor of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1944, at the age of 44, he became its youngest rector. Like Maimonides and Spinoza - both of whom he admired and wrote about - Roth was concerned with the relation...
Title:Is There a Jewish Philosophy?: Rethinking FundamentalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Roth's erudition and deep knowledge of philosophy and Judaism are manifested throughout this very worthwhile book." --William E. Kaufman, Conservative Judaism