Call 201-963-9524 / 718-972-5449   Fax 718-972-6307

    Mark Steiner

 

3 Item(s)

Set Ascending Direction
per page

Grid  List 

  • Faith and Heresy

    Reuven Agushewitz

    Rabbi Reuven Agushewitz, a Lithuanian Talmudic genius, emigrated to the United States in 1929. He supported himself by giving Talmud lessons to young boys (some of his Talmudic novellae were published posthumously under the title Bi'ur Reuven on Bava Kamma with letters of approbation from R. Aharon Kotler and R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik).
    A complete autodidact in philosophy, Agushewitz frequented the halls of the New York Public Library on 42th street, where he acquired an astounding familiarity with philosophy from the Greeks to contemporary philosophy. He managed to published three philosophical works in the Yiddish language before his untimely death in 1950, on his first trip to the new State of Israel, to whose founding he was passionately dedicated.
    The present volume is a translation of his last book, Emune un Apikorses, published in 1948. It is a sustained attack on the philosophy of materialism, in all its historical versions, from the Greek to modern times - including the Marxist version, to which Agushewitz had been attracted as a youth. Though a highly original work of philosophy (perhaps the only original work of philosophy ever written in Yiddish), it contains valuable discussions of some of the greatest Western philosophers, including the great Greek atomists; Zeno; Aristotle; Descartes; Spinoza; Kant; Bergson; Russell; and many others. This translation will rescue this outstanding philosopher and Yiddish writer from the obscurity which has enveloped him for over half a century.
    About the Translator
    Mark Steiner is Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is author of Mathematical Knowledge (Cornell, 1974) and The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem (Harvard, 1998).
    Praise for Faith and Heresy
    A remarkable book by a remarkable author. An autodidact in philosophy, Rabbi Agushewitz summons his piercing, talmudically-trained intellect to confront such philosophical conundra as free will, materialism, mind-body, and morality-- all in the service of refuting atheism and strengthening faith. Thanks to Mark Steiner s smooth and lucid translation from the Yiddish, Rabbi Agushewitz s subtle and original insights can now provide enjoyment and illumination to a wide audience, philosophers and nonphilosophers alike.
    ~ David Shatz, Professor of Philosophy, Yeshiva University
    This is a truly outstanding philosophical work. It makes penetrating, important, and genuinely original contributions to the debate concerning freedom of the will, and it does so with admirable rigor, lucidity, and charm.
    ~ Professor Harry Frankfurt, Princeton University Learn More
  • Principles of Philosophy

    Reuven Agushewitz

    Principles of Philosophy is an attempt, by a self-taught genius, to persuade the Yiddish speaking public that philosophy has not lost its central importance vis a vis both religion and science. He does this, first, by identifying religion with philosophy--and he is the first Orthodox rabbi since Maimonides to do so. Next, he argues that philosophical principles, which are broader than those of science, are at the basis of all existence, and that the same principles that account for the organization of matter can account for the varieties of human organization (and disorganization). He argues, finally, that the study of philosophy itself can lead to the weakening of egotism and the strengthening of altruism.
    Praise for Principles of Philosophy
    Mark Steiner translates Principles of Philosophy from the Yiddish and provides Agushewitz's argument to Yiddish speakers that philosophy has not paled in its importance to both religion and science. He identifies religion with philosophy, then argues that the basic principles of philosophy are linked to religion at the key of life - and that its study can lead to strengthening altruistic behaviors. Judaic studies collections - particularly those strong in scholarly studies - will welcome this.
    ~Midwest Book Review Learn More
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

    Reuven Agushewitz

    Born in a small town in Lithuania, Rabbi Reuven Agushewitz emigrated to the United States in 1929. A Talmudic genius and an autodidact in philosophy, Rabbi Agushewitz published three philosophical works in Yiddish. Ancient Greek Philosophy, the first published but the last to be translated into English, offers a unique blend of clear philosophical principles and a flavorful Yiddish style, which Mark Steiner's translation preserves. Rabbi Agushewitz not only explains what the early Greek philosophers said, he also amplifies their arguments with creative proofs that the ancients themselves did not offer. His attempts to correlate ancient philosophical statements with monotheism will resonate with the modern religious reader.
    In addition to the present volume, R. Agushewitz's philosophical books are Faith and Heresy and Principles of Philosophy, both published in translation under the auspices of the Michael Scharf Publication Trust of Yeshiva University Press. His volume of Talmudic novellae on Bava Kamma, "Bi'ur Reuven," was published with approbation from both Rabbi Aharon Kotler and Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. These Talmudic giants differed sharply on their attitude toward the study of philosophy, but they concurred wholeheartedly on the scholarship of R. Agushewitz. Learn More

3 Item(s)

Set Ascending Direction
per page

Grid  List