CFP: Shofar Special Issue: Levinas and Jewish Thought (3/30/07; journal issue)

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Rebecca Nicholson-Weir
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Shofar Upcoming Special Issue Spring 2008: Levinas and Jewish Thought
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: March 30, 2007

This special issue is intended to broaden the discussion of the work of Emmanuel
Levinas (1906-1995), philosopher and Talmudic commentator, in the context of
Jewish scholarship and critical thinking within a variety of disciplines.
Levinas is best known for an ethical thinking that gives priority to the other
individual over all other concerns. Long recognized within philosophy for his
work with the thinking of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, Levinas is less
well known for his contribution to the French Jewish intellectual community.
For eighteen years as director of the Hebrew Normal School, he educated a
generation of Hebrew school teachers in France. In this context, he came into
contact with Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Gabriel Marcel, Edmond Fleg, Andre
Neher, Vladimir Jankelevitch and other thinkers who shaped French modern Jewish

In this issue we want to highlight these relatively unexplored aspects of
Levinas's work. Potential essays might contextualize Levinas's work on rabbinic
thought and commentary (for example, his numerous Talmudic studies) within the
framework of twentieth-century thought. We are also interested in the way
traditional and modern Jewish thinking influenced Levinas's philosophical texts,
as well as the ways Levinas's work impacts contemporary Jewish thought and
literature. In addition, in keeping with the goal of Shofar to foster
interdisciplinary approaches to Jewish studies and scholarship, we also welcome
essays that explore the ways Levinasian thought functions within different
disciplines, such as but not limited to, history, sociology, jurisprudence,
political and social activism, psychology, education, and literary studies.
Fresh perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches are welcomed. Essays should
range between approximately 5000 to 7500 words, and conform to the Shofar style
guidelines. Please keep in mind that submissions need to be accessible to
educated non-specialists.

Direct electronic submissions and inquires to: Dara E. Hill
or Rebecca Nicholson-Weir

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