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  1. Martin Kavka (2014). Tyler Roberts: Encountering Religion: Responsibility and Criticism After Secularism. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76 (1):95-98.
    In the 1980s and 1990s, the theoretical energy in the study of religion came from postmodern theory and its appropriation by scholars who worked in, or at the margins of, the subfield called “philosophy of religion.” Today, philosophy of religion—at least in departments of religion and religious studies—threatens to kill itself with its own jargon; the theoretical energy in the study of religion comes from young scholars working in American religious history (such as John Modern, author of Secularism in Antebellum (...)
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  2. Martin Kavka (2012). Pierre Bouretz, Witnesses for the Future: Philosophy and Messianism. Translated by Michael B. Smith. [REVIEW] International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 71 (1):93-96.
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  3. Martin Kavka (2012). Verification (Bewahrung) in Martin Buber. Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 20 (1):71-98.
    Abstract The work of Martin Buber oscillates between talk in which transcendence is experienced and talk in which transcendence is merely postulated. In order to show and mend this incoherence in Buber's thought, this essay attends to the rhetoric of verification ( Bewährung ), primarily but not solely in I and Thou (1923), both in order to show how it is a symptom of this incoherence, and also to show a broad pragmatic strain in Buber's thought. Given this pragmatic strain, (...)
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  4. Martin Kavka (2012). WHAT IS IMMANENT IN JUDAISM? Transcending A Secular Age. [REVIEW] Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (1):123-137.
    This essay takes on the implicit claim in Taylor's A Secular Age, forecast in some of his earlier writings, that the desire for a meaningful life can never be satisfied in this life. As a result, A Secular Age is suffused with a tragic view of existence; its love of narratives of religious longing makes no sense otherwise. Yet there are other models of religion that lend meaning to existence, and in the majority of this essay, I take up one (...)
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  5. Martin Kavka (2011). Review of Richard A. Cohen, Levinasian Meditations: Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (1).
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  6. Martin Kavka (2011). Should Levinasians Also Be Hegelians? On Wyschogrod's Levinasianism. Philosophy Today 55 (4):372-385.
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  7. Martin Kavka (2009). Jewish Liturgical Reasoning – By Steven Kepnes. Modern Theology 25 (1):154-157.
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  8. Martin Kavka (2009). Phenomenology & Mysticism: The Verticality Of Religious Experience – By Anthony J. Steinbock. Modern Theology 25 (4):689-692.
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  9. Edith Wyschogrod, Eric Boynton & Martin Kavka (eds.) (2009). Saintly Influence: Edith Wyschogrod and the Possibilities of Philosophy of Religion. Fordham University Press.
    In all of these discourses, she has sought to cultivate an awareness of how the self is situated and influenced, as well as the ways in which a self can influence others.In this volume, twelve scholars examine and display the influence of ...
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  10. Martin Kavka (2008). Review of Dana Hollander, Exemplarity and Chosenness: Rosenzweig and Derrida on the Nation of Philosophy. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (10).
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  11. Martin Kavka (2007). Levinas Between Monotheism and Cosmotheism. Levinas Studies 2:79-103.
    We are now, I think, in the midst of a sea change in Levinas interpretation. Increasingly in the course of the last third of the twentieth century, Levinas’s phenomenological ethics was seen as a resource for intellectuals to protest a certain kind of, shall we say, methodological naturalism in philosophy. Not only scientific positivism but also existential phenomenology with its apparent emphasis on immanence were feared to be terminally infected with neopagan or proto-fascist elements. If the result of these movements (...)
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  12. Martin Kavka (2006). Is There a Warrant for Levinas's Talmudic Readings? Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 14 (1):153-173.
  13. Martin Kavka (2006). Religious Experience in Levinas and R. Hayyim of Volozhin. Philosophy Today 50 (1):69-79.
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  14. Martin Kavka (2005). Review of Eric Sean Nelson, Antje Kapust, Kent Still (Eds.), Addressing Levinas. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (11).
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  15. Martin Kavka (2004). Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
    Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy contests the ancient opposition between Athens and Jerusalem by retrieval of the concept of meontology - the doctrine of nonbeing - in one strand of the Jewish philosophical and theological tradition. This book offers new readings of important figures in contemporary Continental philosophy, critiquing arguments about the role of lived religion in the thought of Jacques Derrida, the role of Greek philosophy in the thought of Emmanuel Levinas, and the ethical import of the (...)
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  16. Martin Kavka & Randi Rashkover (2004). A Jewish Modified Divine Command Theory. Journal of Religious Ethics 32 (2):387 - 414.
    We claim that divine command metaethicists have not thought through the nature of the expression of divine love with sufficient rigor. We argue, against prior divine command theories, that the radical difference between God and the natural world means that grounding divine command in divine love can only ground a formal claim of the divine on the human; recipients of revelation must construct particular commands out of this formal claim. While some metaethicists might respond to us by claiming that this (...)
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  17. Martin Kavka (2003). Judaism and Theology in Martha Nussbaum's Ethics. [REVIEW] Journal of Religious Ethics 31 (2):343 - 359.
    The writings of Martha Nussbaum broadly defend an account of transcendence as internal, always rooted in the human context. Her account implies that any and all projects of normative theological ethics are superfluous, since they transcend the natural bounds of human experience and reason. This essay points toward a space for theology, specifically Jewish theology, in Nussbaum's work, through an analysis of her recent philosophical and autobiographical writings on Judaism. Nussbaum's account in Upheavals of Thought associates Judaism with carnality and (...)
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