Dialogical thought and identity : trans-different religiosity in present day societies / Ephraim Meir.

In discussion with M. Buber, F. Rosenzweig, A.J. Heschel, F. Fischer and E. Levinas, Ephraim Meir outlines a novel conception of a selfhood that is grounded in dialogical thought. He focuses on the shaping of identity in present day societies and offers a new view on identity around the concepts of...

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Main Author: Meir, Ephraim.
Format: Electronic
Published: Boston : De Gruyter, 2013.
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Table of Contents:
  • Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1; Elucidating Identity and Alterity; Views on Identity; Identity: A Fictitious Story?; "Othering" as Openness of the I; Self-Creation or Created Self?; The Two Sides of the Self; A Forgotten Horizon; The Problem of Identity in Dialogical Philosophy; Chapter 2; "I-you" and "Eternal You" in the Thought of Martin Buber; I and Ego, Person and Self-Being; I-you and I-it; Passage From I-you To I-it; Hesitation; Inter-Subjectivity and Presence, Will and Grace; The Eternal You; Revelation and Religions; What is Man?; Judaism and Zionism: Dialogical Realities.
  • Zionism as UtopiaJudaism and Christianity; Chapter 3; Franz Rosenzweig's Animated I or "Soul"; The Centrality of Relationships; Individual and Collective Identities; Inclusive Thinking: Judaism and Christianity; The Question of Truth; Gritli and Franz: An Example of Dialogical Life; The Tragic I; The Transformation of the Tragic Self into a Beloved and Loving I; Speech and Human and Divine Love; Death, Love and Light; Between Self and Soul; The Other in the Self, Identity Surprised by Exteriority and Alterity; Turning to the World: The Process of Redemption.
  • The I Beyond Itself in the "We" and "Trans-Difference"The New Law as Linking Communities; Rosenzweig's Lehrhaus as Dialogical Enterprise; The "New" Law and the Lehrhaus; The House of Study and Speech Thinking; Translating as an Act of Peace; Self, "Self-Transcendence" and "Trans-Difference"; Chapter 4; The I as "Homo Sympatheticus" in Abraham Joshua Heschel; The I as Concern for the Non-I; The I and the Ineffable; The Prophetic I; Heschel's Own I; The Sympathetic I; The "Mystery of the Self": On the Conversion of Needs; The Compassionate I, Judaism and the World; Human Dignity; Chapter 5.
  • Franz Fischer's "Proflective" Thought on the ISelfless Existence; Proflective Philosophy; Proligion Instead of Religion; Xenology; Fischer and Buber on the Other; Specificity of the Self versus Selflessness; Christianity as Hospitality; Chapter 6; Emmanuel Levinas's "One-For-the-Other"; The I as Agent or as Called; Buber and Levinas; Self-Transcendence in Fecundity; Death and Time; Rosenzweig and Levinas; Society and Ethics; Limitless Freedom and Difficult Freedom; Reason and Pre-Conceptual Demands; Goodness Beyond Systems; Rights of the Other Man and Rights of Man; Heschel and Levinas.
  • Judaism as Category of BeingHebrew Identity as Fraternity; Jewish Education and Anti-Humanism; Jewish Suffering and Jewish Anti-Totalitarianism; Talmud Torah; Judaism and Rationality, Recognition and Cognition; Building Blocks; Self-Transcendence, Self-Difference, and Trans-Difference. Philosophical and Theological Considerations; Chapter 7; The Non-Identical I; Radical Difference; Trans-Difference; Avoiding Extreme Assimilation and Extreme Dissimilation; Different Kinds of Trans-Difference; The Case of the Convert; Transcending the Self; The Ethical Dimension of the Self.