The Legacies of Richard Popkin (International Archives of by Jeremy D. Popkin

By Jeremy D. Popkin

Richard H. Popkin (1923-2005) remodeled the research of the background of philosophy within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century. His heritage of Scepticism and his many different courses verified the centrality of the matter of skepticism within the improvement of contemporary notion, the intimate connections among philosophy and faith, and the significance of contacts among Jewish and Christian thinkers. during this quantity, students from worldwide determine Popkin’s contributions to the various fields during which he used to be . The Legacies of Richard Popkin offers a vast review of Popkin’s paintings and demonstrates the connections among the numerous subject matters he wrote approximately. A concluding article, through Popkin’s son Jeremy Popkin, attracts on deepest letters to supply an image of Popkin’s existence and profession in his personal phrases, revealing the richness of the files now obtainable to students within the Richard Popkin papers on the William Andrews Clark Library in la.

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Dick had attended a panel on the circulation of clandestine texts in the eighteenth century at the 2003 congress of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies held in Los Angeles. Dick must have said something to this panel about Jewish anti-Christian polemical texts. He mentioned that the panelists invited him to contribute a piece to be included in a joint publication. We began work on the Chizzuk Emunah project by looking up Dick’s old articles on the heretical Karaite Jews (including the rabbi who wrote the Chizzuk Emunah) and on Jewish-Christian relations in the early modern era.

251 and 250, from the Shirley translation of Ethica. ”14 He thereby sidestepped the skeptical issues that pre-occupied Descartes and Montaigne. Furthermore, in Popkin’s analysis, Spinoza’s epistemological anti-skepticism supports his critique of religion (since dubbed religious skepticism) not simply in the obvious, general, sense that scriptural reading does not measure up to rational analysis, but also in the particular sense that doubt is the condition to which those who rely on scripture rather than reason are prone: “Scepticism is both possible and necessary if one does not have a true idea of God” – the true idea of God being not the God of the bible, but the God of the Ethics.

I saw the conception of the Marrano, outwardly conforming to the culture around him but internally guarding the true faith, as most appealing. As I learned that Santa Teresa, San Juan de la Cruz, some of the early Jesuit mystics, were all from forced convert families, I felt an overpowering need to explore this world. 13 Scholem had followed a similar path a generation earlier. ”14 While Popkin described himself as an “intellectual anarchist,” Scholem called himself a “religious anarchist,” but both sought an authentic encounter with Jewish tradition in non-canonical Jewish sources.

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