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Contents

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

The essays that make up this volume grew out of the invitation to give the Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures on Jewish Studies at Indiana University in 1999. I gave . . .

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Introduction (Autobiographical)

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pp. 1-8

Religions are communal and have long histories, but religion is also a personal matter or it is nothing. So I will explain how I came to write this book in . . .

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1 Rosenzweig and Wittgenstein

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pp. 9-36

In 1997 a long- lost notebook of Wittgenstein’s was published under the title Denkbewegungen ( Thought-movements).1 Wittgenstein had recorded this notebook in Cambridge in the years . . .

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2 Rosenzweig on Revelation and Romance

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pp. 37-54

In “The New Thinking,” the essay from which I quoted in chapter 1, Rosenzweig provides valuable information about the structure and purposes of . . .

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3 What I and Thou Is Really Saying

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pp. 55-67

In Israelis and the Jewish Tradition, David Hartman speaks of the disastrous psychological burden of what he calls “ event- grounded . . .

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4 Levinas on What Is Demanded of Us

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pp. 68-99

Levinas survived the Second World War under difficult and humiliating circumstances,1 while his family, with the exception of his wife and daughter, perished. These . . .

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Afterword

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pp. 100-108

In the preceding chapters, I have only in passing indicated my own religious attitudes because, as I explained in the introduction, my concern in writing this book was . . .

Notes

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pp. 109-121