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Freedom and LawA Jewish-Christian Apologetics$
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Randi Rashkover

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234523

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234523.001.0001

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Modern Judaism, Law, and Exceptionalism

Modern Judaism, Law, and Exceptionalism

(p.76) Three: Modern Judaism, Law, and Exceptionalism
Freedom and Law

Randi Rashkover

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the flip side of the dialectic of desire whereby desire is not dismissed in the name of a higher theological truth but rather is crowned superior to and unregulated in its relation to law. This chapter examines a renewed focus upon law within a strain of modern Jewish thought, beginning with the work of Baruch Spinoza and continuing into the work of Gillian Rose and David Novak. Despite the significant headway each makes in rerouting philosophical analyses toward a focus upon the law, nonrevelatory law stands in perpetual tension with the nature of human desire, which it is designed to delimit.

Keywords:   dialectic of desire, law, non-revelatory, materiality, Baruch Spinoza, Gillian Rose, David Novak

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