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Modern Judaism, Law, and Exceptionalism

Randi Rashkover

in Freedom and Law

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234523
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823234523.003.0004
Modern Judaism, Law, and Exceptionalism

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This chapter examines the flip side of the dialectic of desire whereby desire is not dismissed in the name of a higher theological truth but rather is crowned superior to and unregulated in its relation to law. This chapter examines a renewed focus upon law within a strain of modern Jewish thought, beginning with the work of Baruch Spinoza and continuing into the work of Gillian Rose and David Novak. Despite the significant headway each makes in rerouting philosophical analyses toward a focus upon the law, nonrevelatory law stands in perpetual tension with the nature of human desire, which it is designed to delimit.

Keywords: dialectic of desire; law; non-revelatory; materiality; Baruch Spinoza; Gillian Rose; David Novak

Chapter.  10386 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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