The lure of heresy: A philosophical typology of Hebrew secularism in the first half of the twentieth century

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Abstract

Contemporary study of Jewish secularism in the Modern era has yielded a nuanced picture of Hebrew secularism. This article analyzes the emergence of a rich and diverse cultural infrastructure of Hebrew secularism in the first half of the twentieth century from a philosophical perspective, proposing a typology of models of Hebrew secularism. These models are characterized by their attitudes to what, following Charles Taylor, can be referred to as the "fragmentary character" of religious existence in the secular age. The conclusion reflects on the limitations of the proposed typology and identifies further avenues for the philosophical study of Hebrew secularism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-121
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Hebrew culture
  • Hebrew language
  • Jewish education
  • Jewish identity
  • religiosity
  • secularism

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