The Open Past: Subjectivity and Remembering in the Talmud by Sergey DolgopolskiThe Open Past: Subjectivity and Remembering in the Talmud by Sergey Dolgopolski

The Open Past: Subjectivity and Remembering in the Talmud

bySergey Dolgopolski

Hardcover | December 3, 2012

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The Open Past challenges a view of time that has dominated philosophical thought for the past two centuries. In that view, time originates from a relationship to the future, and the past can be only a fictitious beginning, the necessary phantom of a starting point, a chronological period of"before." This view of the past has permeated the study of the Talmud as well, resulting in the application of modern philosophical categories such as the "thinking subject," subjectivity, and temporality to the thinking displayed in the texts of the Talmud. The book seeks to reclaim the originary power and authority the past exerts in the Talmud. Central to the task of reclaiming a radical role for the past are medieval notions of the virtual and their contrasting modern appropriations, the thinking subject among them. These serve as both a bridgingpoint and a demarcation between the practices of thinking and remembering displayed in the conversations held by the characters in the Talmud by contrast to other rhetorical or philosophical schools and disciplines of thought.
Sergey Dolgopolski is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Jewish Thought at the University at Buffalo SUNY.
Title:The Open Past: Subjectivity and Remembering in the TalmudFormat:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.04 inPublished:December 3, 2012Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:082324492X

ISBN - 13:9780823244928


Editorial Reviews

"Sergei Dolgopolski's project here should not be underestimated: It is nothing else than 'undo[ing] the erasure of the thought processes in the Talmud from the intellectual map of the West,' and Dolgopolsky is up to the task. Toward that aim, he offers fine articulations of Heidegger and Levinas as their thought shapes this project, along with a lucid explanation of the relevance and differences of philosophy, rhetoric and Talmud vis-à-vis thinking, memory and personhood. Overall, the book is a stunning illustration of what can be done once the assumption of the 'thinking subject' in the Talmud is set aside in favor of the 'very complex dance of thinking.'"