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Author Boyarin, Jonathan

Title Jewishness and the human dimension / Jonathan Boyarin
Edition 1st ed
Published New York : Fordham University Press, 2008


Description 1 online resource (v, 144 pages)
Contents A Jewish introduction to the human sciences -- Responsive thinking : cultural studies and Jewish historiography -- Seasons and lifetimes -- Toward an anthropology of the twentieth century -- Tropes of home -- A moment of danger, a taste of death -- Extinction and difference
Summary "Jewishness and the Human Dimension is a leading scholar's progress report on an effort to bring Jewishness broadly construed into dialogue with a wide range of thought in contemporary criticism, while linking those themes in turn to the question of planetary crisis. Each chapter emerges from and addresses the circumstances of its composition; a talk to New Jersey undergraduates inviting them to contemplate their lifespans vis-a-vis the life history of the species; a meeting to contemplate Jewish memory outside Europe and after 1945; an inaugural address as the author sought to make sense of leaving his home on the Lower East Side and making a new one in Kansas." "Two chapters on research and teaching in Jewish cultural studies as academic practice develop the notion of Jewish studies as a human science and examine how Jewish historiography, once a deeply conservative discipline, has integrated insights from anthropology and literary cultural studies. Boyarin also shares a dialogue with the Jerusalem-based physicist Martin Land on physical and cultural ideas of futurity and redemption. The book ends with a stark challenge to those who work in the contemporary humanities and social sciences: in order to be able to contribute to the possibility of sustained human life on Earth, we need to interrogate rigorously now the status of human differences."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Judaism and science.
Judaism and the social sciences.
Jews -- Historiography
Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Judaism and culture.
Jews -- Identity.
Difference (Philosophy)
PHILOSOPHY -- Political.
Difference (Philosophy)
Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Jews -- Historiography
Jews -- Identity
Judaism and culture
Judaism and science
Judaism and the social sciences
Kulturelle Identit├Ąt
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008034826
ISBN 9780823248056