Thinking in Public

Thinking in Public examines the ambivalence that public political life and the figure of the intellectual provoked in the generation of European Jewish thinkers born around 1900. By comparing Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas, and Leo Strauss, Wurgaft offers a new perspective on the relationship between philosophers and politics.

Thinking in Public
Strauss, Levinas, Arendt

Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft

2015 | 312 pages | Cloth $59.95
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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I. LEO STRAUSS AND THE PROBLEM OF "THE INTELLECTUAL"
Chapter 1. Moderns and Medievals
Chapter 2. The Exoteric Writing Thesis
Chapter 3. Natural Right and Tyranny

PART II. THE DOG AT THE END OF THE VERSE: EMMANUEL LEVINAS BETWEEN ETHICS AND ENGAGEMENT
Chapter 4. Growth of a Moralist
Chapter 5. Resisting Engagement
Chapter 6. Witnessing

PART III. AGAINST SPEECHLESS WONDER: HANNAH ARENDT ON PHILOSOPHERS AND INTELLECTUALS
Chapter 7. Arendt's Weimar Origins
Chapter 8. From the Camps to Galileo
Chapter 9. One More Strange Island

PARTIV. A MISSED CONVERSATION
Chapter 10. Toward a Jewish Socrates?

Conclusion
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments