Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-5892-2 • Hardback • October 2008 • $129.00 • (£99.00)
978-0-7425-6555-5 • eBook • October 2008 • $122.50 • (£89.00)
Norbert M. Samuelson is Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. An internationally renowned scholar of Jewish philosophy, he is widely published in the field.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 The Death of Jewish Philosophy
Chapter 3 Introduction I
Chapter 1. Misunderstanding Physics and Astronomy
Chapter 2. Misunderstanding Linguistics and Epistemology
Chapter 3. Misunderstanding Psychology
Chapter 4. Misunderstanding Medicine
Chapter 5. Misunderstanding History
Chapter 9 The Rebirth of Jewish Philosophy
Chapter 10 Introduction II
Chapter 6. Interpreting Creation: God, the World, and the Physical Sciences
Chapter 7. Interpreting Redemption: The World, Humanity, and the Human Sciences
Chapter 13 Summary and Conclusion
Chapter 14 Bibliography
Brilliantly conceived, Jewish Faith and Modern Science is a welcome and timely addition to the growing body of literature whose contributors seek to close the gap between religion and the natural sciences. Opening out new territory in the study of modern Judaism, Norbert Samuelson asks his readers to reconsider the major topic of Jewish under the impact of contemporary developments in all the sciences, from theoretical physics to the bio-sciences and technology....
— Zachary J. Braiterman
Jewish Faith and Modern Science offers a fresh and edgy challenge for the entire discipline of Jewish Philosophy. It is a shofar blast that sends this call to today's Jewish philosophers: 'Awake from your humanistic slumber, look around and rememberthat disciples of Torah also live in the natural world. The Torah itself remembers that this world is also a place of God's word!''''
— Peter Ochs, University of Virginia
Samuelson never shirks big, important, and contentious issues. In this, his latest book, he powerfully argues that to its detriment Judaism has failed to grasp crucial developments in the sciences. Prepare to have your assumptions challenged, and your mind opened to new possibilities for reframing and revitalizing Jewish thoughtttt
— Geoffrey Cantor
Norbert M. Samuelson's analysis of the death of Jewish philosophy is learned and deeply insightful. It is also courageous: few authors focus so bluntly on the most controversial issues in contemporary Jewish thought and practice. Essential reading forthose interested in the renewal of Jewish philosophy within the contemporary world....
— Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor of Theology, Claremont School of Theology, Author of In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World
Norbert Samuelson is one of our finest scholars of Jewish thought. His reflections on the past and future of Jewish philosophy show a learned and incisive mind at work. This book will no doubt stimulate great debate, and not just in academic circles.....
— Steven Nadler, University of Wisconsin-Madison