Judaism and Enlightenment

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - 338 σελίδες
This study investigates the philosophical and political significance of Judaism in the intellectual life of seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe. Adam Sutcliffe shows how the widespread and enthusiastic fascination with Judaism prevalent around 1650 was largely eclipsed a century later by attitudes of dismissal and disdain. He argues that Judaism was uniquely difficult for Enlightenment thinkers to account for, and that their intense responses, both negative and positive, to Jewish topics are central to an understanding of the underlying ambiguities of the Enlightenment itself. Judaism and the Jews were a limit case, a destabilising challenge, and a constant test for Enlightenment rationalism. Erudite and highly broad-ranging in its sources, and yet extremely accessible in its argument, Judaism and Enlightenment is a major contribution to the history of European ideas, of interest to scholars of Jewish history and to those working on the Enlightenment, toleration and the emergence of modernity itself.
 

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The crisis and decline of Christian Hebraism
23
Hebraic politics Respublica Mosaica
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Meaning and method Jewish history world history
58
The limits of erudition Jacques Basnage and Pierre Boyle
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JUDAISM AND THE FORMATION OF ENLIGHTENMENT RADICALISM
101
Religious dissent and debate in Sephardi Amsterdam
103
Judaism in Spinoza and his circle
118
Spinoza Messiah of the Enlightenment?
133
Judaism reason and the critique of religion
165
JUDAISM NATIONHOOD AND THE POLITICS OF ENLIGHTENMENT
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Utopianism republicanism cosmopolitanism
193
Judaism and the invention of toleration
213
The ambiguities of Enlightenment Voltaire and the Jews
231
reason versus myth?
247
Bibliography
262
Index
307

Enlightenment and Kabbalah
148

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Σελίδα 266 - A Discourse of Freethinking, occasioned by the rise and growth of a Sect called Freethinkers...
Σελίδα 266 - ... REMAINS (the) of Robert Bloomfield, author of the Farmer's boy, Rural tales, &c. [Edited by Joseph WESTON.] London: 1824. Duodecimo. [W.] REMAINS of William Ralph Churton. [By his brother, Dr CHURTON.] Private Impression. 1830. Octavo. Pp. 179. [W., Martin's Cat.] REMARKABLE (the) life of Uriel Acosta ; to which is added Mr Limborch's Defence of Christianity, in answer to Acosta's objections. [Translated and edited by John WHISTON, bookseller ; revised by L)r Roper.] London: 1740.
Σελίδα 14 - Steven Shapin, A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), especially chapters 1—3; and Lorraine Daston, "Baconian Facts, Academic Civility, and the Prehistory of Objectivity," Annals of Scholarship 8, nos.

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Adam Sutcliffe is Chaim Lopata Assistant Professor of European Jewish History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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