Jewishness and the Human Dimension
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Introduction: The Human Dimensionand the Life / Study System
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What are the two terms in the title of this book? ‘‘Jewishness,’’ though perhaps unfamiliar, presents no problems; roughly, I mean by it all associations that gather around the substantive ‘‘Jew’’ or ‘‘Jews’’ and around the modifier ‘‘Jewish.’’ But what do...
1. A Jewish Introduction to the Human Sciences
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Some years ago—at a time when I was not yet a professor and did not know whether I ever would become one—I was nevertheless invited to participate as an outside consultant in the end-of-year deliberations of the Jewish studies committee at a certain fine liberal- arts college in the Northeast. Along with the other visitors, I...
2. Responsive Thinking: Cultural Studies and Jewish Historiography
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This is a short story about the troubled romance between the master discipline of Jewish history (perhaps more subaltern than it has seemed from my particular perspective) and the wayward, unpredictable, ‘‘undisciplined’’ hybrid known as cultural studies. Two caveats before I begin the tale. The first is that the works...
3 Seasons and Lifetimes
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For the next half-hour or so, I will be speaking of things that matter to all of us but, ultimately, that none of us really understands very well. My theme throughout these few reflections is this: at every stage, everyone’s career is embedded, try as we might to...
4. Toward an Anthropology of the Twentieth Century
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When Leslie Morris so generously invited me to speak at this conference, I almost instantaneously provided her with the tentative title ‘‘Toward an Anthropology of the Twentieth Century.’’ Of course, the twentieth century remains an awkward designation. It...
5. Tropes of Home
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For more than a quarter-century, until just a couple of months ago, I was privileged to call ‘‘home,’’ with a comforting lack of self-consciousness and an equally comforting sense of free choice, that place in America that, for its Jews at least, counts more than...
6. A Moment of Danger, a Taste of Death
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Meir Katz kindly asked me to write an article for a special issue of the Cardozo Law Review devoted to Walter Benjamin and the law. I decided to take the opportunity to resume my attempt, fruitless so far, to articulate the difficulty we have of imagining the future...
7. Extinction and Difference
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I want to begin by explaining why I have chosen to take on here such a large and seemingly nebulous theme as ‘‘Extinction and Difference.’’ You might hear in the title echoes of Derrida’s famous title,...
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On my bookshelf, as yet unopened, lies a volume by James Howard Kunstler, The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century....
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Page Count: 180
Publication Year: 2008