Description - Diasporas and Exiles by Howard Wettstein
Diaspora, considered as a context for insights into Jewish identity, brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in this volume. Readers needn't expect, however, to find easy agreement on what those insights are. The concept "diaspora" itself has proved controversial; galut, the traditional Hebrew expression for the Jews' perennial condition, is better translated as "exile". The very distinction between diaspora and exile, although difficult to analyze, is important enough to form the basis of several essays in this collection. "Identity" is an even more elusive concept. The contributors to the text explore Jewish identity - or, more accurately, Jewish identities - from the mutually illuminating perspectives of anthropology, art history, comparative literature, cultural studies, German history, philosophy, political theory, and sociology. These contributors bring new emphases to Jewish and cultural studies, as well as the emerging field of diaspora studies. The book attempts to mirror the richness of experience and the attendant virtual impossibility of definition that constitute the challenge of understanding Jewish identity.
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Author Biography - Howard Wettstein
Howard Wettstein is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. Author of Has Semantics Rested on a Mistake?, and Other Essays (1991), and of the forthcoming The Magic Prism: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language (2003), he is an editor of the philosophical annual, Midwest Studies in Philosophy.