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Are We A People?
The Anomalies of Jewish Identity
Feb 20 2007



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A Unique Coincidence of Nation and Religion
Considered one of America’s pre-eminent political thinkers, Michael Walzer, will offer new insights into age-old, provocative questions. How does being both a people and a religious community affect how Jews describe and define themselves to themselves and to others? In the diaspora and Israel, do the descriptions differ? Given the new realities of the 21st century, what difficulties arise from the differences?

biography : MICHAEL WALZER
As a professor, author, editor, and lecturer, Michael Walzer has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, war, nationalism and ethnicity, and economic justice and the welfare state. His books (among them Just and Unjust Wars, Spheres of Justice, The Company of Critics, Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, and On Toleration) and essays have played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. Walzer received his B.A. at Brandeis, his Ph.D. at Harvard, and taught at Princeton and Harvard before becoming a Permanent Faculty Member at The Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Social Science in 1980. Walzer is a Contributing Editor for The New Republic, and co-editor of Dissent, now in its 52nd year. His articles and interviews frequently appear in the world’s foremost newspapers and journals. He is currently working on the toleration and accommodation of "difference" in all its forms, and also on the third volume of The Jewish Political Tradition, a comprehensive collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought. The Jewish Political Tradition: Membership, the second volume (of four projected) in this series, was published in May of 2003 by Yale University Press.