The Impossible Community: Privative Judgements in Blanchot, Levinas and Nancy

Large, William (2014) The Impossible Community: Privative Judgements in Blanchot, Levinas and Nancy. In: Judaism In Contemporary Thought:Traces and Influence. Routledge Jewish studies series . Routledge, London, pp. 108-111. ISBN 9781317811602

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Abstract

The central aim of this collection is to trace the presence of Jewish tradition In Contemporary philosophy. This presence is, on the one hand, undeniable, manifesting itself In manifold allusions and influences - on the other hand, difficult to define, rarely referring to openly revealed Judaic sources. Following the recent tradition of Levinas and Derrida, this book tentatively refers to this mode of presence In terms of "traces of Judaism" and the contributors grapple with the following questions: What are these traces and how can we track them down? Is there such a thing as "Jewish difference" that truly makes a difference In philosophy? And if so, how can we define it? The additional working hypothesis, accepted by some and challenged by other contributors, is that Jewish Thought draws, explicitly or implicitly, on three main concepts of Jewish theology, creation, revelation and redemption. If this is the case, then the specificity of the Jewish contribution to modern philosophy and the theoretical humanities should be found In - sometimes open, sometimes hidden - fidelity to these three categories. Offering a new understanding of the relationship between philosophy and theology, this book is an important contribution to the fields of Theology, Philosophy and Jewish Studies.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Judaism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 13:53
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2017 13:53
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4485

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