זהות יהודית ראשונית: מתווה לשיח חדש בשאלת הזהות, ושאלת הזהות היהודית

Translated title of the contribution: Primary Identity: The Jewish Case

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Abstract

This article presents a new conceptual framework for discussing identity in general and Jewish identity in particular.‪ Prevalent current conceptions of identity focus on its cultural-historical-social contents.‪ From a formal perspective, identity can be set upon two axes – one diachronic and one synchronic.‪ Whereas the diachronic axis denotes the connection between the present configuration and its legacy in the past, the synchronic one denotes the wide range of contexts that affect identity.‪
My claim in this article is that each specific identity designates the intersection between its own two axes.‪ The identity of individuals and of societies is built as the ongoing encounter in the present between the present and the past, an encounter that occurs through what Kierkegaard called “the third element” – the consciousness balancing present and past.‪ Rather than being a pure, empty transcendental component, this element conveys the weight of existence, since individuals reflecting on their identity do not begin from a void.‪ Identity invariably points to a horizon as a reference point, but without necessarily committing to specific contents.‪ This claim is illustrated through the analysis of various Jewish sources that convey notions of identity and compel renewed discussion of extant conceptual frameworks
Translated title of the contributionPrimary Identity: The Jewish Case
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)7-32
Number of pages26
Journalדעת: כתב-עת לפילוסופיה יהודית וקבלה
Volume82
StatePublished - 2016

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich -- 1770-1831
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Jews -- Identity

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