Moses Mendelssohn¡¯s Living Script: Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism

Moses Mendelssohn¡¯s Living Script: Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism

English | 2016 | ISBN: 0253023742 | 336 Pages | PDF | 6,6 MB

Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) is often described as the founder of modern Jewish thought and as a leading philosopher of the late Enlightenment. One of Mendelssohn's main concerns was how to conceive of the relationship between Judaism, philosophy, and the civic life of a modern state. Elias Sacks explores Mendelssohn's landmark account of Jewish practice¨CJudaism's "living script," to use his famous phrase¨Cto present a broader reading of Mendelssohn's writings and extend inquiry into conversations about modernity and religion. By studying Mendelssohn's thought in these dimensions, Sacks suggests that he shows a deep concern with history. Sacks affords a view of a foundational moment in Jewish modernity and forwards new ways of thinking about ritual practice, the development of traditions, and the role of religion in society.

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