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Nature and Norm

Judaism, Christianity, and the Theopolitical Problem

Randi Rashkover (author)

ISBN: 9781644695098

Publication Date: Dec 2020

Format: Hardback

Explores the encounter between Jewish and Christian thought and the fact-value divide that invites the unsettling recognition of the dramatic acosmism that shadows and undermines a considerable number of modern and contemporary Jewish and Christian thought systems.
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Nature and Norm: Judaism, Christianity and the Theopolitical Problem is a book about the encounter between Jewish and Christian thought and the fact-value divide that invites the unsettling recognition of the dramatic acosmism that shadows and undermines a considerable number of modern and contemporary Jewish and Christian thought systems. By exposing the forced option presented to Jewish and Christian thinkers by the continued appropriation of the fact-value divide, Nature and Norm motivates Jewish and Christian thinkers to perform an immanent critique of the failure of their thought systems to advance rational theopolitical claims and exercise the authority and freedom to assert their claims as reasonable hypotheses that hold the potential for enacting effective change in our current historical moment.
Pages 246
Dimensions 234 x 156
Date Published 30 Dec 2020
Publisher Academic Studies Press
Series New Perspectives in Post-Rabbinic Judaism
Subject/s Philosophy of religion   Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology   History of religion   History of religion   Judaism   Comparative religion   Interfaith relations   Ecumenism   Judaism: theology  
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: Theology and Subjectivism in Rosenzweig and Kant
  • I. Kant, Rosenzweig, and the Challenge of Skepticism
  • A. Kant and the Limits of Practical Reason
  • B. Rosenzweig and the Subjective Turn
  • II. Diagnosing the Problem: Kant, Rosenzweig, and the Fact-Value Divide
  • III. Symptoms of the Fact-Value Divide
  • Chapter Two: Acceptance and the Theopolitical Problem
  • I. Acceptance
  • II. Case Study: Spinoza and Hobbes
  • Chapter Three: From Redescription to External Critique
  • I. Redescription or the Turn to the "More"
  • II. Case Study: Martin Buber and Carl Schmitt
  • Chapter Four: From External Critique to the Crisis of Skepticism
  • I. External Critique
  • II. Case Study: Karl Barth and Leo Strauss
  • Chapter Five: Beyond the Fact-Value Divide
  • I. The Philosophical Demands of the Theopolitical Problem
  • II. Characteristics of a Post-Fact-Value Jewish and Christian Thinking
  • A. Intelligibility, Justification, and the Who, How, and When of Knowledge
  • B. Habituation, Disuse, and Rehabituation: The Social Determination of Warranted Assertability
  • III. Case Study: Peter Ochs and Nicholas Adams
  • Chapter Six: Science Apprehending Science
  • I. The Fact-Value Model: From Sense-Certainty to Self-Alienated Culture
  • A. Pre-Idealism: Epistemology, Self-Consciousness, and the Fact-Value Value Paradigm
  • B. Transcendental Idealism and Scientific Theory
  • C. Transcendental Idealism and Practical Freedom
  • II. External Critique: Pure Insight and the Enlightenment
  • III. Immanent Critique: From the Moral Law to Communal Justification
  • A. Immanent Critique: From Moral Consciousness to the Reconciliatory
  • B. Religious Representation and Philosophical Authority
  • IV. Conclusion
  • Bibliography
Randi Rashkover holds the Nathan and Sofia Gumenick Chair in Judaic Studies at William & Mary. She is the author of Freedom and Law: A Jewish-Christian Apologetics (Fordham University Press, 2011) and Revelation and Theopolitics: Barth, Rosenzweig and the Politics of Praise (T&T Clark, 2005).

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