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Tuesday, March 5 • 13:15 - 14:15
#5/427 – Keynote Lecture Individuals and Communities: What Did Contemporary Jewish Thought Bring to Political Theory?

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This talk will discuss the ways in which Jewish philosophers contributed to political theory in the twentieth century. It focuses on the philosophical debates that developed in the early part of the century about political Zionism, later about the socialist experience of Kibbutz in Palestine, and finally about social justice in the last decades of the twentieth century. It aims at showing how these questions led such thinkers as Martin Buber and Michael Walzer to borrow from Jewish thought in order to develop their conceptions of how individuals belong to social, political, and cultural communities, and what role the state plays in modern liberal societies.

 • Sophie Nordmann

Bio: Sophie Nordmann teaches Jewish thought and philosophy at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris (PSL Research University). Her research focuses particularly on German Jewish philosophers (H. Cohen, F. Rosenzweig, G. Scholem) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and on the relation between Jewish thought and philosophy in French contemporary thought (Ecole juive de Paris, A. Neher, E. Levinas). Her most recent book is Levinas et la philosophie judéo-allemande (Paris: Vrin, 2017).

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