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Sunday, November 21 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Zionism in seventeenth century philosophy?

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The classic story of the foundations of the modern Jewish state starts in the nineteenth century, with Herzl and others of his time. Yet long before Jewish thinkers advocated for the possibility of a physical homeland that would protect the Jews from hatred and allow them to thrive culturally and religiously, modern philosophers raised the idea of a modern Jewish state. My presentation will offer insights into the early-modern discussion of the Jews in the founding theory of the modern state, and will ask what difference it makes to us today, if the modern world of states was imagined from the onset - by Christian theorists in the Christian world - of having a state for the Jews.

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Meirav Jones

Meirav Jones is a political theorist by training and an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at McMaster University. She moved to Toronto with her family in August 2020. Her work focuses on the intersection between perceptions of Jews, Jewish texts and modernity, and she teaches... Read More →

Sunday November 21, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST