Persons and Other Things: Exploring the Philosophy of the Hebrew Bible
The Hebrew Bible is a philosophical testament. Abraham, the first biblical philosopher, calls out to the world in God’s name exactly as Plato calls out in the name of the Forms.
Abraham comes forward as a critic of pagan thought about, specifically, persons. Moses, to whom the baton is passed, spells out the practical implications of the Bible’s core anthropological teachings.
In Persons and Other Things Mark Glouberman explores the Bible’s philosophy, roughing out in the course of a defence of it how men and women who see themselves in the biblical portrayal (as he argues that most of us do once the "religious" glare is reduced) are committed to conduct their personal affairs, arrange their social ties, and act in the natural world.
Persons and Other Things is also the author’s testament about the practice of philosophy. Glouberman sets out, and in the chapters that pursue the theme he puts into practice, the lessons he has acquired as a lifelong learner about thinking philosophically, about writing philosophy, and about philosophers.
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- Page Count: 304 pages
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Author InformationMark Glouberman is an instructor in the Department of Philosophy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Table of contents
Preamble … with a loosened tie
1. Bibleism and Judaism: Four and a Half Dogmas of Bible Interpretation
2. Godless the Bible’s Philosophy Isn’t
3. “Jew” as a Category Label: Philosophy on the Holocaust
4. Hero, Israel: Troy and the Torah
5. “On one leg”: The Stability of Monotheism
6. “Where were you?”: The Logic of the Book of Job
7. “Let them have dominion”: The Bible and the Natural World
8. “Because … God rested”: Philosophy on the Sabbath Day
9. “In the day that you shall eat”: Do and Die
10. Eat, Pray, Smoke: Halakhah for the Goldsteins and the Goyim
11. God Loves You, Christopher Hitchens
12. Jerry and Jewry: Ethnicity and Humanity in G.A. Cohen
13. “O God, O Montreal!”: Charles Taylor and Turbo-Charged Humanism
14. A Plea for Ontology: Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos
15. Phenomenology and Analysis: A Bridge over the Waters
Epilogue: The Acts of the Philosophers
Finale: “The rest is the commentary thereof”
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