Moses Mendelssohn's Living Script : Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism Hardback
by Elias Sacks
Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) is often described as the founder of modern Jewish thought and as a leading philosopher of the late Enlightenment.
One of Mendelssohn's main concerns was how to conceive of the relationship between Judaism, philosophy, and the civic life of a modern state.
Elias Sacks explores Mendelssohn's landmark account of Jewish practice--Judaism's "living script," to use his famous phrase--to present a broader reading of Mendelssohn's writings and extend inquiry into conversations about modernity and religion.
By studying Mendelssohn's thought in these dimensions, Sacks suggests that he shows a deep concern with history.
Sacks affords a view of a foundational moment in Jewish modernity and forwards new ways of thinking about ritual practice, the development of traditions, and the role of religion in society.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 334 pages
- Publisher: Indiana University Press
- Publication Date: 12/12/2016
- Category: Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9780253023742