Voltaire's Jews and Modern Jewish Identity: Rethinking the Enlightenment

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Harvey Mitchell's book argues that a reassessment of Voltaire's treatment of traditional Judaism will sharpen discussion of the origins of, and responses to, the Enlightenment. His study shows how Voltaire's nearly total antipathy to Judaism is best understood by stressing his self-regard as the author of an enlightened and rational universal history, which found Judaism's memory of its past incoherent, and, in addition, failed to meet the criteria of objective history-a project in which he failed. Calling on an array of ...

Voltaire's Jews and Modern Jewish Identity: Rethinking the Enlightenment 2014, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9781138789265

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Voltaire's Jews and Modern Jewish Identity: Rethinking the Enlightenment 2008, Routledge

ISBN-13: 9780415776172

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