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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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Normativity and Inclusivity in Modernity

Normativity and Inclusivity in Modernity

The Role and Limits of the Noahide Laws

(p.83) Chapter 7 Normativity and Inclusivity in Modernity
Another Modernity

Clémence Boulouque

Stanford University Press

Chapter 7 turns to Benamozegh’s interpretation of the Noahide Laws, central to his system. Based on rational revelation but with edicts resembling natural law, they convey both internal and external normativity. This ancient legislation functions as a theological construct that sits well with one of modernity’s features: the imperative of locating normativity within itself. Additionally, Benamozegh contended, the legislation shows that Judaism is not ethnocentric in nature and manifests its inclusivism. Yet, in his defense of Noahism as a solution for the crisis of Christianity, he turned a blind eye to the laws’ arguably hierarchical nature which can be taken as indicating minimal universalism.

Keywords:   Noahide Laws, Habermas, normativity, ethnocentrism, universalism

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