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A Philosophical Retrospective: Facts, Values, and Jewish Identity

Alan Montefiore


This book looks at the conflict between two very different understandings of identity: the more traditional view that an identity carries with it certain duties and obligations, and an opposing view in which there can be no rationally compelling move from statements of fact to “judgments of value.” According to this second view, individuals must take responsibility for determining their own values and obligations. The book illustrates through personal experience the practical implications of this characteristically philosophical debate. It finally settles on the following answer: both the “tra ... More

Keywords: philosophy, identity, society, Jewish identity, judgments of value, values, obligations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231153003
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Montefiore, author