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Description - History of Jewish Philosophy by Daniel Frank

There exists a particularly rich tradition of Jewish philosophy, and this volume presents a view of the field as a whole. Although there are books that detail the history of Jewish philosophy, this is the first time a volume has been prepared by a variety of authors for this purpose. The advantages of this are that they bring with them a variety of perspectives and range of ideas which goes to make up a unique approach to the nature and content of Jewish philosophy. Thirty-five authors, from Britain, Canada, Israel, and the United States cover the whole breadth of Jewish philosophy, concentrating upon the philosophical interest of the ideas themselves. No attempt has been made to deal with every single Jewish philosopher, but the major schools of thought and controversy are thoroughly dealt with in this collection, and useful bibliographical information is supplied by the individual authors. The discussion ranges from the Bible itself to postmodern trends, from the thought of Moses Maimonides to those who discuss the nature of the Holocaust.
The links between Jewish philosophy and its wider cultural context emerge, so that an accurate view of the place of Jewish philosophy in the development of philosophy itself emerges. There is nowhere at present that the reader interested in exploring the whole scope and variety of Jewish philosophy can go, and there has long been the need for an edition like this that brings together experts in the field who write clearly and with philosophical acuity on their particular topics. This volume is likely to be a vital research tool for those interested in Jewish philosophy for some time to come.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415080644
ISBN-10: 0415080649
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 952
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Dec-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Daniel Frank

Daniel H. Frank is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky and editor of Commandment and Community (1995). Oliver Leaman is Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Kentucky and co-editor of The History of Islamic Philosophy (1996). With Charles H. Manekin, they are the editors of the Jewish Philosophy Reader (Routledge 2000), a sourcebook of primary text complementing this history.

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