Thinking Impossibilities: The Intellectual Legacy of Amos Funkenstein by Robert S. WestmanThinking Impossibilities: The Intellectual Legacy of Amos Funkenstein by Robert S. Westman

Thinking Impossibilities: The Intellectual Legacy of Amos Funkenstein

EditorRobert S. Westman, David Biale

Hardcover | May 24, 2008

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Intellectuals rarely make a significant impact on one field of scholarship let alone several, yet Amos Funkenstein (1937-1995) displayed an intellectual range that encompassed several disciplines and broke new ground across seemingly impenetrable scholarly boundaries. The philosophy of history from antiquity to modernity, medieval and early modern history of science, medieval scholasticism, Jewish history in all of its periods - these are all areas in which he made lasting contributions. Thinking Impossibilities brings together Funkenstein's colleagues, friends, and former students to engage with important aspects of his intellectual legacy.

Funkenstein's diverse interests were bound together by common figures of thought, especially the search for pre-modern intellectual groundings of modern ideas and how the seeming 'impossibilities' of one historical moment might become positive resources of conceptual construction and development in another. The essays in this volume take up major themes in European intellectual history, and examine them through the unique lens that Funkenstein himself employed during his career. Of particular interest are ways in which topics of Jewish history are engaged with the larger field of the history of ideas in the West. Richly interdisciplinary and full of fresh insights, Thinking Impossibilities is a fitting tribute to an important twentieth-century scholar.

Robert S. Westman is Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis.
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Title:Thinking Impossibilities: The Intellectual Legacy of Amos FunkensteinFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.1 inPublished:May 24, 2008Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface

Introduction: The Last German-Jewish Philosopher: An Intellectual Biography of Amos Funkenstein
DAVID BIALE and ROBERT S. WESTMAN

PART I: HISTORICAL DIALECTICS

  1. Divine Omnipotence and First Principles: A Late Medieval Argument on the Subalternation of the Sciences
    STEVEN LIVESEY
  2. Was Kepler a Secular Theologian?
    ROBERT S. WESTMAN
  3. Jewish Traditionalism and Early Modern Science: Rabbi Israel Zamosc’s Dialectic of Enlightenment (Berlin, 1744)
    GAD FREUDENTHAL
  4. Religion, Theology, and the Hermetic Imagination in the Late German Enlightenment: The Case of Johann Salomo Semler
    PETER HANNS REILL
  5. Science and the Musical Imagination from the Late Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period
    DORIT TANAY

PART II: HISTORICAL ACCOMMODATIONS

  1. Amos Funkenstein on the Theological Origins of Historicism
    SAMUEL MOYN
  2. Of Divine Cunning and Prolonged Madness: Amos Funkenstein on Maimonides’ Historical Reasoning
    ABRAHAM P. SOCHER
  3. History and/or Memory: The Origins of the Principle of Accommodation
    CARLO GINZBURG
  4. Historical Consciousness Revisited: From Vico’s Mythology to Funkenstein’s Methodology
    JOSEPH MALI
  5. Francesco Bianchini, Historian. In Memory of Amos Funkenstein
    J.L. HEILBRON

PART III: MAKING KNOWLEDGE

  1. Amos Funkenstein and the History of Scepticism
    RICHARD H. POPKIN
  2. 12 Two Talmudic Understandings of the Dictum‘Appoint for Yourself a Teacher’
    HANINA BEN-MENAHEM

LAST WORDS

  1. Jewish History among the Thorns
    AMOS FUNKENSTEIN

A Bibliography of the Published Works of Amos Funkenstein

Contributors
Index

Editorial Reviews

'This volume presents a collection of fine and thought provoking papers... An extremely inspiring and sophisticated volume, Thinking Possibilities provokes thoughts about the manifold possibilities hidden within it - and this is not only what the title promises, but also what a volume can and should achieve.' - Veronika Lipphardt - Metascience, vol 19:02:2010