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In Isaiah Berlin's 1962 essay, The Purpose of Philosophy, he wrote that enlightenment philosophers were tormented by the same ancient questions as their ancestors "in Greece and Rome and Palestine." He clearly believed that the Jews of ancient Israel had as much to contribute to philosophy as anyone else. Yoram Hazony calls for a contemporary renaissance of a uniquely Jewish philosophical vision for all of society.

The Place of the Jew in Contemporary Philosophy

The Place of the Jew in Contemporary Philosophy

The Second Annual Sir Isaiah Berlin Lecture at Chabad of Oxford

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Topics: Philosophy

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Yoram Hazony is a founder and former Provost of the Shalem College, and current President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and Director of the John Templeton Foundation‘s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology. His most recent book is The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
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Avi Metcalfe Jerusaelm February 27, 2015

Interesting presentation of Isaiah Berlin's subtle reference to Greece, Rome, and Palestine. I would only include references to Harry Wolfson and Maimonides, as there certainly was a "Jewish Philosophy" in the period of Medieval Religious Philosophy. Reply

Avi Metcalfe Jerusaelm February 27, 2015

Interesting presentation of Isaiah Berlin's subtle reference to Greece, Rome, and Palestine. I would only include references to Harry Wolfson and Maimonides, as there certainly was a "Jewish Philosophy" in the period of Medieval Religious Philosophy. Reply