Rethinking Jewish Philosophy: Beyond Particularism and Universalism

2014.06.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Aaron W. Hughes, Rethinking Jewish Philosophy: Beyond Particularism and Universalism, Oxford University Press, 2014, 170pp.,
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2014.06.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Aaron W. Hughes, Rethinking Jewish Philosophy: Beyond Particularism and Universalism, Oxford University Press, 2014, 170pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199356812. Reviewed by Kenneth Seeskin, Northwestern University Among its other virtues, the book boasts an accurate and descriptive title: its purpose is to argue that the dominant trend in Jewish philosophy has run aground because of its reliance on artificially constructed categories like universal/particular, Jew/non-Jew, and Jerusalem/Athens. In that respect, it is an exercise in what Aaron Hughes calls "Jewish metaphilosophy." He takes issue with the rationalist tendencies that emerged from the nineteenth century movement known as Wissenschaft des Judentums as well as the particularist tendencies that one finds in the work of Franz Rosenzweig. Whatever one thinks of the substance of Hughes' arguments, there is no getting around the fact that he writes with. . .

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