Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 July 2004

186 Pages

5 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780823223114

Bookseller Code (06)

Being Jewish/Reading Heidegger

An Ontological Encounter

Allen Scult

A Fordham University Press Publication

Being Jewish/Reading Heidegger ponders what it means to read Heidegger on his own terms, that is, to read him from the place where one is, in Heidegger's language, in and from the facticity of one's own Being. . . . As a Jew seriously engaged with Heidegger as both a philosopher and a thinker, and with trying to understand the Being-ness of being Jewish, Scult explores this notion of what it means to 'be Jewish.' . . . To be Jewish, according to Scult, is to be entexted with Torah. Scult argues that this notion of binding one's being with a textual tradition underlies Heidegger's theory of Dasein. He uses Heidegger's lectures on Aristotle's Rhetoric to illustrate how Heidegger 'reads Aristotle' and, in doing so, constructs the building blocks of his own being-in-the-world. This book is really about a search for b/Being Jewish using Heidegger as a guide who shows the seeker how text and person read and constructively use one other. [It is] a substantive conversation about how Heidegger can teach the Jew how to be-Jewish-in-the-world through an engagement with a textual tradition (Torah) that in many respects is brought to life through the lenses of Heidegger's theory of language and textuality.Shaul Magid


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