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This front matter section of the book Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers contains the table of contents and the editors' introduction to series. The book discusses that Jewish philosophy is indeed rooted in a paradox since it refers to philosophical activity carried out by those who call themselves Jews. As philosophy, this activity makes claims of universal validity, but as an activity by a well-defined group of people it is inherently particularistic. The book not only dispels misperceptions about Jewish philosophy but also nudges the practice of Jewish philosophy out of the ethereal heights of academe to the more practical concerns of living Jewish communities. The book documents the diversity, creativity, and richness of Jewish philosophical and intellectual activity during the second half of the twentieth century, showing how Jewish thinkers have engaged new topics, themes, and methodologies and raised new philosophical questions.

Keywords: contemporary Jewish philosophers; Jewish communities



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