Moses Mendelssohn's Living Script: Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism
Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786) is often described as the founder of modern Jewish thought and as a leading philosopher of the late Enlightenment. One of Mendelssohn's main concerns was how to conceive of the relationship between Judaism, philosophy, and the civic life of a modern state. Elias Sacks explores Mendelssohn's landmark account of Jewish practice--Judaism's "living script," to use his famous phrase--to present a broader reading of Mendelssohn's writings and extend inquiry into conversations about modernity and religion. By studying Mendelssohn's thought in these dimensions, Sacks suggests that he shows a deep concern with history. Sacks affords a view of a foundational moment in Jewish modernity and forwards new ways of thinking about ritual practice, the development of traditions, and the role of religion in society. (Amazon.com)
Indiana University Press
Mendelssohn, Moses, 1729-1786; Mendelssohn, Moses, 1729-1786.
Sacks, Elias, "Moses Mendelssohn's Living Script: Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism" (2017). CU Authors Book Gallery. 40.