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  1. A Debate on Jewish Emancipation and Christian Theology in Old Berlin

    David Friedländer, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wilhelm Abraham Teller
    Edited and Translated by Richard Crouter and Julie Klassen

    A Debate on Jewish Emancipation and Christian Theology in Old Berlin

    "One of the most fascinating and, indeed, seminal debates in the protracted struggle of German Jewry to gain full citizenship and civic equality. As the translators make clear in their learned and generally lucid Introduction, this debate illuminates the enduring difficulty of modern nation states to establish a civic society that is, if not religiously neutral, at least inclusive. . . . It will surely enter the canon of standard works in the study of modern Jewish history."
         —Paul Mendes-Flohr, Hebrew University

  2. Ethics

    Baruch Spinoza
    Translated by Samuel Shirley
    Edited by Seymour Feldman


    "Professor Shirley has provided a translation which is fluent, eminently readable, and responsive to current research into Spinoza's thought. Where a particular passage is difficult or obscure, Shirley never attempts to interpose himself between the reader and Spinoza, nor to side with one or another competing school of interpretation. This makes his translation not just an ideal introduction for the reader new to Spinoza, but also a trustworthy source of insight for the more advanced reader."
         —Lee C. Rice, Marquette University

  3. Franz Rosenzweig

    Presented by Nahum N. Glatzer
    Foreword to the Third Edition by Paul Mendes-Flohr

    Franz Rosenzweig

    “Rosenzweig’s life combined a fabulous spiritual search, a profound engagement with philosophy as well as with Judaism, and enormous accomplishment in the face of overwhelming physical handicaps. His thought is both illuminated by and realized in his amazing life. Nahum Glatzer has brought both the life and the thought together in this marvelous collection. There is no better introduction to this seminal Jewish thinker.”
        —Hilary Putnam, Harvard University

  4. Philosophical and Theological Writings

    Franz Rosenzweig
    Translated and Edited, with Introduction, by Paul W. Franks and Michael L. Morgan

    Philosophical and Theological Writings

    This volume brings together Rosenzweig’s central essays on theology and philosophy, including two works available for the first time in English: the conclusion to Rosenzweig’s book Hegel and the State, and Rosenzweig’s famous letter to Rudolph Ehrenberg known as the “Urzelle of the Star of Redemption,” an essential work for understanding Rosenzweig, Weimar theology and philosophy, and German idealism and the existential reaction of the period. Additional selections are presented in new or revised translations. Introduction and notes by Franks and Morgan set Rosenzweig’s works in context and illuminate his role as one of the key thinkers of the period.

  5. Political Treatise

    Baruch Spinoza
    Translated by Samuel Shirley
    Prefatory Essay by Douglas Den Uyl
    Introduction and Notes by Steven Barbone and Lee Rice

    Political Treatise

    The Political Treatise, Spinoza’s final work, is a largely theoretical inquiry into the fundamental principles of political philosophy. This edition offers an exceptional translation by Samuel Shirley and a prefatory essay by Douglas Den Uyl that discusses why the Political Treatise deserves the attention of contemporary scholars. Steven Barbone and Lee Rice provide ample notes, a substantial bibliography, complete indexes of names and terms, and a comprehensive general introduction, which considers the evolution of Spinoza’s political thought in the context of the political and intellectual turmoil of the times, the relationship between the Political Treatise and the Theological-Political Treatise, and the importance of the Political Treatise to a full understanding of Spinoza’s political philosophy.

  6. Reframing Politics in the Hebrew Bible

    Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Mira Morgenstern

    Reframing Politics in the Hebrew Bible

    Inspired by the Enlightenment readings of Hebrew biblical texts generated in the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, Mira Morgenstern's Reframing Politics in the Hebrew Bible goes beyond the pioneering interpretations of various biblical texts penned by such noted Bible students as Spinoza, Rousseau, and Angelina Grimké to present an introduction to the Hebrew Bible as a whole from the perspective of a modern-day political theorist. In doing so, it offers a brilliant thematic guide to the Hebrew Bible's most politically salient passages, complete with text and commentary. Morgenstern's account of the significance of these ancient yet strangely modern texts will fascinate students of both ancient and modern political theory—as well as all readers of the Hebrew Bible itself.

  7. Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise

    Baruch Spinoza
    Translated, with a Glossary, Indexes, and Interpretive Essay, by Martin D. Yaffe

    Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise

    A complete translation in English of this modern text, with substantive apparatus to allow the student and serious reader to grapple in a meaningful way with this seminal text. The text includes ample footnotes, Spinoza's annotations, an interpretative essay, glossary and other indices.

  8. Spinoza: The Complete Works

    Baruch Spinoza
    Edited, with Introductions, by Michael L. Morgan
    Translated by Samuel Shirley

    Spinoza: The Complete Works

    "This elegant volume has been produced to a very high standard, is easy to handle, affordably priced, and, most importantly, renders Spinoza accurately into clear and graceful English. It will undoubtedly become an indispensable tool for all serious readers of Spinoza. . . . The supporting editorial material of this volume—the work of Michael L. Morgan—is . . . judicious and reliable. His eight-page Introduction offers a succinct interpretive overview of Spinoza’s system that will be thought-provoking for specialists, while also basic enough to be accessible to novice Spinozists. Morgan also provides a very useful chronology of Spinoza’s life, a brief introduction to each work, and a light apparatus of footnotes."
          —Adam Sutcliffe, The Jewish Quarterly Review

  9. The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs

    Saadya Gaon
    Translated by Alexander Altmann, Edited, with Introduction, by Daniel Frank

    The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs

    “Daniel Frank’s Introduction is excellent, not just for the undergraduate reader, but, indeed, for any reader, specialist or layperson. It manages to find just the right combination of philosophy and history; it sends the reader to the right places for further reading; its judgments are quite sound. And the reissue of the Altmann translation is a wonderful idea.”
         —Charles Manekin, University of Maryland

  10. The Essential Spinoza

    Baruch Spinoza
    Edited by Michael L. Morgan, with the Translations of Samuel Shirley

    The Essential Spinoza

    "Absolutely magnificent edition!  I will be using it in all my introductory courses. . . . I also will use it in my 16th and 17th-century History of Philosophy course. . . . Just a wonderful collection, great translations, good editorial additions as well.  Terrific selection!"
         —Abba Lessing, Professor of Philosophy, Lake Forest College

  11. The Guide of the Perplexed

    Moses Maimonides
    Translated from the Arabic by Chaim Rabin
    Abridged, with Introduction and Commentary, by Julius Guttmann, New Introduction & Bibliography by Daniel H. Frank

    The Guide of the Perplexed

    “The reissue of Guttmann’s edition of Rabin’s translation is a welcome event. There has long been a need for a readable, judicious edition, for classroom use, of this large and complex work.”
         —Michael L. Morgan, Indiana University

  12. The Letters

    Baruch Spinoza
    Translated by Samuel Shirley, with Introduction and Notes
    by Steven Barbone, Lee Rice, and Jacob Adler

    The Letters

    "Especially valuable is the very scholarly Introduction and commentary. Probably no Spinoza scholars are more knowledgeable about the man, his times, and his philosophy; and they provide what I find to be really helpful guidance."
         —Paul Eisenberg, Indiana University

  13. Theological-Political Treatise (Second Edition)

    Baruch Spinoza
    Translated by Samuel Shirley
    Introduction by Seymour Feldman

    Theological-Political Treatise (Second Edition)

    “Samuel Shirley is undoubtedly the most significant translator of Spinoza’s writings into English.”
         —Douglas Den Uyl, Bellarmine College

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