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Another ModernityElia Benamozegh's Jewish Universalism$
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Clémence Boulouque

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781503612006

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503612006.001.0001

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Situating Benamozegh in the Debate on Jewish Universalism

Situating Benamozegh in the Debate on Jewish Universalism

(p.65) Chapter 6 Situating Benamozegh in the Debate on Jewish Universalism
Another Modernity

Clémence Boulouque

Stanford University Press

Chapter 6 situates Benamozegh in the debate about universalism in his time, and about the universalism of Judaism found in the works of Spinoza, Kant, and Mendelssohn. The claim of Jewish universalism, an index of Judaism’s adequation with the modern world, must be measured against the competing claims of philosophy, Christianity, and Reform Judaism. Benamozegh also sought to establish the universalism of Judaism based on its antecedence in religious history, thus grounding himself in a sort of modern historicism that he resisted when it came to biblical criticism. He also strove to establish Judaism as a delicate articulation between reason and feelings, which rested on the nascent fields of psychology or anthropology and thus on a more scientific universalism.

Keywords:   universalism, Spinoza, Kant, Mendelssohn, historicism

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