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Horace Kallen Confronts America

Jewish Identity, Science, and Secularism

Matthew J. Kaufman (author)

ISBN: 9780815636410

Publication Date: Aug 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

During his more than fifty-year writing career, American Jewish philosopher Horace Kallen incorporated a deep focus on science into his pragmatic philosophy of life. In this intellectual biography, Kaufman explores Kallen's life and illumines how American scientific culture inspired not only Kallen's thought but that of an entire generation.
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During his more than fifty-year writing career, American Jewish philosopher Horace Kallen (1882–1974) incorporated a deep focus on science into his pragmatic philosophy of life. He exemplified the hope among Jews that science would pave the way to full and equal integration. In this intellectual biography, Kaufman explores Kallen's life and illumines how American scientific culture inspired not only Kallen's thought but that of an entire generation.

Kaufman reveals the ways in which Kallen shaped the direction of discussions on race, ethnicity, modernism, and secularism that influenced the entire American Jewish community. An ardent secularist, Kallen was also a serious religious thinker whose Jewish identity, as unique and idiosyncratic as it was, exemplifies the modern responsiveness to the moral ideal of "authenticity." Kaufman shows how one man's quest for authenticity contributed to a gradual shift in Jewish self perception in America and how, in turn, his struggle led to America's embrace of Kallen's well-known term "cultural pluralism.
Pages 272
Date Published 30 Aug 2019
Publisher Syracuse University Press
Series Modern Jewish History
Subject/s Philosophy   History: specific events & topics   Jewish studies  
Matthew J. Kaufman received a PhD in humanities from York University in Toronto and is a Reconstructionist rabbi. He has served Reconstructionist, Reform, and Conservative Jewish communities in the United States and in Canada for over twenty years.

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