Middlebury

JWST 0261

Jewish Thought: Modern Era

What is Jewish Thought? The Modern Era
What’s left of religion once reason is done with it? This is the question posed by the Enlightenment and confronted by the major Jewish thinkers we study in this course. Some become champions of Enlightenment reason; others later react against it. Is Judaism actually a rational religion after all-universal, but endowed with a particular identity by its practices and ceremonies (per Moses Mendelssohn)? Or is it unique because of its ethical monotheism (per Hermann Cohen)? Is it essentially a national identity (per Zionism)? As Jewish thinkers face challenges to received tradition, what exactly is the task of Jewish thought? 3 hrs. lect/disc
Subject:
Jewish Studies
Department:
Jewish Studies
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
EUR PHL
Equivalent Courses:
RELI 0261 *

Sections

Spring 2022

JWST0261A-S22 Lecture

Spring 2021

JWST0261A-S21 Lecture (Schine)

Spring 2020

JWST0261A-S20 Lecture (Schine)
JWST0261Y-S20 Discussion (Schine)
JWST0261Z-S20 Discussion (Schine)