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By Aubrey L. Glazer

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A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking is a look for authenticity that mixes serious considering with a craving for heartfelt poetics. A physiognomy of pondering addresses the determine of a lifestyles lived the place idea and praxis are unified. This research explores how the severe essays on tune of German-Jewish philosopher, Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903-1969) inevitably accompany the downfall of metaphysics. by way of scrutinizing a severe juncture in smooth highbrow historical past, marked in 1931 via Adorno's founding of the Frankfurt Institute for Social examine, ignored functions of severe thought to Jewish concept develop into attainable. This learn proffers a positive justification of a severe viewpoint, reconstructively proven how such beliefs are obvious lower than the genealogical proviso of re/cognizing their unique which means. Re/cognition of A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking redresses overlooked purposes of adverse Dialectics, the poetics of God, the metaphysics of musical considering, reification in Zionism, the transpoetics of Physics and Metaphysics, in addition to correlating Aesthetic idea to Jewish legislations (halakhah). >

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With the arrival of Spinoza, rational questioning of Jewish faith now becomes possible. Jewish philosophy for Wolfson then begins with Philo and, for all intents and purposes of the historian, ends with Spinoza. Beyond those bookends, there is nothing new, especially in the Diaspora in terms of Jewish philosophy, let alone any significant steps toward a New Thinking in Judaism. 18 New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking The influence of these and other essentialisms upon Jewish philosophy has greatly limited the evolution of New Thinking in Judaism.

34 Is Wolfson’s adept suggestion of “a hermeneutical criterion of objectivity that avoids the extremes of absolute relativism, on the one hand, and relative absolutism, on the other”35 really possible? Is there a path that balances the particular within the universal and the universal within the particular? ”37 Each of these critical questions continues to guide the prospects of a new physiognomy of Jewish Thinking. How far can this new physiognomy morph in challenging the present reified paradigm of Machshevet Yisrael, and still be so called?

3 What about the reality of metaphysical atheism, in the wake of thinkers like Nietzsche and Adorno, might affect a thinking poetry and a poetics of alterity? These stand as our guiding questions. To simply go on thinking as usual, in denial of the urgent metaphysical reality of the hour is a betrayal of the first order. There is no longer a place for categorical expositions in the form of pat theology if that form denies the reality of lived experience. 4 Indeed there is a need for alternative narratives that expand the horizon of a given religion beyond its own borders,5 but theology no longer seems capable of such a task.

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