Postmodern Jewish Ethical Theories

Martin Kavka

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199736065
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Postmodern Jewish Ethical Theories

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Nearly concurrent with the rise of feminist criticisms in recent decades was the emergence of post-modernism that both endorsed particularity (as against the universality championed by modernity) yet critiqued the totalizing effects inhering in particularity. This chapter begins by tracing the complicated interrelationship of Jewish and secular philosophy in Emmanuel Levinas' thought. It then turns to the ethical philosophy of embodiment and self-mastery by Jonathan Schofer and Chaya Halberstam, to show that postmodern Jewish ethics is simultaneously intensely personal as it is also procedural and communal.

Keywords: post-modernism; particularity; Jewish philosophy; ethical philosophy; Emmanuel Levinas; Jonathan Schofer; Chaya Halberstam; Jewish ethics

Article.  7973 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Religious Studies ; History of Religion

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