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Being Jewish/Reading Heidegger: An Ontological Encounter (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy) Hardcover – July 15, 2004


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"Allen Scult proposes to read Heidegger not as a mystagogic seerpresuming to echo the very voice of Being but as a kind of Rabbinicsage who carefully reads the classic texts of Greek philosophy in order to make its most basic words speak again to us postmoderns in all their elemental force, just as the long line of rabbis read--study and, - teach--the classic text grounding Jewish tradition, the Torah, patiently waiting for the primeval words spoken at Sinai to speak again with the same divine force to new generations of Jews recalling their ancient roots and identity. This unabashed return to our recoupled 'JewGreek' origins, flying in the face of postmod fashions, is sprinkled with other unorthodoxies. . . . Scult waxes eloquent especially about what it means to be and to become Jewish--say, by reading Heidegger!--and is absolutely brilliant in his rhetorical return."

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"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…. 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. . . teach[es] the Jew how to be-Jewish-in-the-world through an engagement with a textual tradition (Torah). .Shaul Magid, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America

"a compelling account of how being-Jewish enacts the sort of concrete, revealing relationship to a text and a world that makes meditation on being, as Heidegger - early and late - understands it, possible. Only someone with Allen Scult's trained ear for the subtle interplay of rhetoric and hermeneutics could make us see the remarkable parallels between the Rabbis' reading of the Torah and Heidegger's reading of Aristotle….he makes a trenchant case for ‘a reading of Heidegger not as prophet, but as Rabbinic sage’."--Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Boston University

"Allen Scult proposes to read Heidegger not as a mystagogic seer presuming to echo the very voice of Being, but as a kind of Rabbinic sage who carefully reads the classic texts of Greek philosophy in order to make its most basic words speak again to us postmoderns in all their elemental force, just as the long line of rabbis read--study and teach--the classic text grounding Jewish tradition, the Torah, patiently waiting for the primeval words spoken at Sinai to speak again with the same divine force to new generations of Jews recalling their ancient roots and identity. This unabashed return to our recoupled ‘JewGreek’ origins, flying in the face of postmod fashions, is sprinkled with other unorthodoxies. . . . Scult waxes eloquent especially about what it means to be and to become Jewish--say, by reading Heidegger!--and is absolutely brilliant in his rhetorical return." --Theodore Kisiel, Northern Illinois University

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