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The Open Past: Subjectivity and Remembering in the Talmud

Sergey Dolgopolski

Abstract

The book shows how the characters in the Talmud live their lives as performances of remembering the past traditions better. As the book argues much life of the characters means constant verification of the memory of the past through intrinsically open process of refuting, counterrefuting, and reinventing, that gives the characters their authority, and by the same token, keeps their past in the open. Reading the Talmud and philosophical discourse in light of each other the book takes up the fundamental problem of time. It asks: What are the modes of thinking in late ancient texts of the Talmud? ... More

Keywords: The Babylonian Talmud, Time, Subjectivity, Memory, Passive Memory, Temporality, Virtual, Rhetoric, Philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823244928
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823244928.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sergey Dolgopolski, author
University at Buffalo, SUNY