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Seeskin, Kenneth 1947-

Overview
Works: 26 works in 165 publications in 3 languages and 11,008 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Kenneth Seeskin
Jewish philosophy in a secular age by Kenneth Seeskin( )

11 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autonomy in Jewish philosophy by Kenneth Seeskin( )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 1,901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy examines an important theme in Jewish thought from the Book of Genesis to the present day. Although it is customary to view Judaism as a legalistic faith leaving little room for free thought or individual expression, Kenneth Seeskin argues that that view is wrong. Where some see the essence of the religion as strict obedience to divine commands, Seeskin claims that God does not just command but forms a partnership with humans requiring the consent of both parties. Looking at classic texts from Biblical, Rabbinic, and philosophical literature, Seeskin shows that Judaism has always respected freedom of conscience and assigned an important role to the power of human reason. The book both considers existing arguments and presents new ideas about the role of autonomy in Judaism. Clear and concise, it offers a refreshing alternative to the mysticism and dogmatism prevalent in much of the recent literature."--Jacket
Dialogue and discovery : a study in Socratic method by Kenneth Seeskin( )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 1,877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Searching for a distant God : the legacy of Maimonides by Kenneth Seeskin( )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Searching for a Distant God, Kenneth Seeskin carries on an imaginary conversation with Maimonides, in which the great medieval thinker acknowledges his debt to Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus, and takes up the objections of Aquinas, Kant, and Hegel. Seeskin uses this conversation to illuminate the complexities of monotheism, arguing that it involves controversial claims about God, creation, and the limits of human knowledge." "Although Seeskin writes from a Jewish perspective, he deals with issues that are of equal importance to Christianity. His study is resource for scholars of Judaism, theology, philosophy of religion, and medieval intellectual history, as well as for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of monotheism."--Jacket
Maimonides on the origin of the world by Kenneth Seeskin( )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although Maimonides' discussion of creation is one of his greatest contributions - he himself claimed that belief in creation is second in importance only to belief in God - there is still considerable debate on what that contribution was. Kenneth Seeskin takes a close look at the problems Maimonides faced and the sources from which he drew. He argues that Maimonides meant exactly what he said: the world was created be a free act of God so the existence of everything other than God is contingent. In religious terms, existence is a gift. To reach this conclusion, Seeskin examines Maimonides' view of God, miracles, the limits of human knowledge, and the claims of astronomy to be a science
The Cambridge companion to Maimonides by Kenneth Seeskin( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Moses ben Maimon, known to English-speaking audiences as Maimonides (1138-1204), represents the high point of Jewish rationalism in the Middle Ages and played a pivotal role in the transition of philosophy from the Islamic East to the Christian West. His greatest philosophical work, the Guide of the Perplexed, had a decisive impact on all subsequent Jewish thought and is still the subject of intense scholarly debate. An enigmatic figure in his own time, Maimonides continues to defy simple attempts at classification. The twelve essays in this volume, all by leaders in their respective fields, offer a lucid and comprehensive treatment of his life and thought. They cover the sources on which Maimonides drew, his contributions to philosophy, theology, jurisprudence, and Bible commentary, as well as his esoteric writing style and influence on later thinkers."--Jacket
Thinking about the Torah : a philosopher reads the Bible by Kenneth Seeskin( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge guide to Jewish history, religion, and culture( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a comprehensive overview of Jewish life, from its origins in the ancient Near East to its impact on contemporary popular culture. The twenty-one essays, arranged historically and thematically, and written specially for this volume by leading scholars, examine the development of Judaism and the evolution of Jewish history and culture over many centuries and in a range of locales. They emphasize the ongoing diversity and creativity of the Jewish experience. Unlike previous anthologies, which concentrate on elite groups and expressions of a male-oriented rabbinic culture, this volume also includes the range of experiences of ordinary people and looks at the lives and achievements of women in every place and era. -- Provided by publisher
Jewish messianic thoughts in an age of despair by Kenneth Seeskin( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book asks whether hope for a better future is defensible in light of the human propensity for evil"--
Maimonides : a guide for today's perplexed by Kenneth Seeskin( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No other gods : the modern struggle against idolatry by Kenneth Seeskin( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeskin looks at the ways in which Judaism can help restore balance to our lives. He reviews the foundations of the Sabbath, exploring how it can help guard us against the incursion of the work-a-day world, preserving a private, personal time for each of us. And he shows Judaism has responded throughout the ages to the temptations of idolatry by helping to create and protect a private and sacred time and place in our lives
Autonomy in Jewish philosophy by Kenneth Seeskin( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy examines an important theme in Jewish thought from the Book of Genesis to the present day. Although it is customary to view Judaism as a legalistic faith leaving little room for free thought or individual expression, Kenneth Seeskin argues that this view is wrong. Where some see the essence of the religion as strict obedience to divine commands, Seeskin claims that God does not just command but forms a partnership with humans requiring the consent of both parties. Looking at classic texts from Biblical, Rabbinic, and philosophical literature, Seeskin shows that Judaism has always respected freedom of conscience and assigned an important role to the power of human reason. The book considers both existing arguments and presents its own ideas about the role of autonomy in Judaism. Clear and concise, it offers a refreshing alternative to the mysticism and dogmatism prevalent in much of the literature
Violenza : la politica e il sacro( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Italian and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion of reason; out of the sources of Judaism by Hermann Cohen( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeskin situates Cohen's masterwork in the history of modern philosophical and religious thought
The message of Maimonides : interpreting The guide of the perplexed by Kenneth Seeskin( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

SUNY series in Jewish philosophy( )

in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The concept of participation in Plato's later dialogues by Kenneth Seeskin( )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ha-Rambam : Rabenu Mosheh ben Maimon : Moreh derekh li-nevukhe zemanenu by Kenneth Seeskin( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Hebrew and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Levinas in Jerusalem : phenomenology, ethics, politics, aesthetics by Joëlle Hansel( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"A disciple of Husserl and Heidegger, a contemporary of Sartre and Merleau-Ponty, Levinas entirely renewed the way of thinking ethics in our times. In contrast to the whole tradition of Western philosophy, he considered ethics neither as an aspiration to individual perfection, nor as the highest branch in the Cartesian tree of knowledge, but as "first philosophy." He initiated a new understanding of time, freedom and language." "This book is a collection of papers given at the International Conference "Levinas in Jerusalem" held at the Hebrew University in May 2002. It gives an overview of the most fecund areas of research in Levinas scholarship and brings together historians of philosophy, phenomenologists, specialists in Jewish thought and Talmud, as well as in politics and aesthetics. Coverage relates to Levinas's work as a whole and focuses on the many interactions between Levinas's philosophical writings and his Jewish-Talmudic ones. The authors, world renowned scholars and young promising ones, investigate Levinas's relationship to Bergson, Husserl and Heidegger; his conception of Justice and the State; and his view of Aesthetics, Eros and the Feminine."--BOOK JACKET
The Cambridge companion to Maimonides( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Moses ben Maimon, known to English-speaking audiences as Maimonides (1138-1204), represents the high point of Jewish rationalism in the Middle Ages and played a pivotal role in the transition of philosophy from the Islamic East to the Christian West ... The twelve essays in this volume ... offer a lucid and comprehensive treatment of his life and thought. They cover the sources on which Maimonides drew, his contributions to philosophy, theology, jurisprudence, and Bible commentary, as well as his esoteric writing style and influence on later thinkers.-Back cover
 
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Autonomy in Jewish philosophy
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Autonomy in Jewish philosophyDialogue and discovery : a study in Socratic methodSearching for a distant God : the legacy of MaimonidesMaimonides on the origin of the worldThe Cambridge companion to MaimonidesThe Cambridge guide to Jewish history, religion, and cultureMaimonides : a guide for today's perplexedNo other gods : the modern struggle against idolatry
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English (155)

Italian (2)

Hebrew (1)