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Gregory Kaplan
Assistant Professor
Anna Smith Fine Assistant Professor of Relgious Studies
 
e-mail:gkaplan@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. Religion (1990) Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
  • M.A. Divinity (1992) University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • M.A. Religious Studies (1996) Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Ph.D. Religious Studies (2003) Stanford University, Stanford, CA
 
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Religion
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    Websites
     RELI 207: Who Is (Not) a Jew?
     Religious Studies, Faculty
     
    Research Areas
     Medieval and modern Jewish thought; philosophy of religion; political theology
     
    Hallowing Days: The Secular and the Sacred for Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig
     The hotly contested trope of "hallowing daily life" sparks fresh readings of Martin Buber (1878-1965) and Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929). This research project -- taking the form of a monograph -- argues that the two preeminent twentieth-century Jewish thinkers sought, though failed, to demonstrate that modern Jewish culture renders the ?wholly other? God as holiness with/in daily life here and now. Their focus on "daily life," so vital to Weimar German thought as (modest) consolation for intellectual crises and social dislocations, implies that conditional, limited realities affect, shape, realize or exhibit otherwise supreme ideals. But can and should reality properly guide or follow the ideal? Buber and Rosenzweig answer divergently, and tendentiously, that (a given, mutable) culture is either the fulcrum binding or the wedge dividing materiality and spirituality. This shows that the ambiguities of Jewry?s involvement with modernity and of the self?s engagement with others enmesh these thinkers? positions in a tension. Cultural artifacts (history, performance, and text) equally align and fracture life?s contents, erect and demolish life?s boundaries. I conclude that attempts to portray concrete, mundane life as if it entails ultimate meaning and absolute value founders theologically even as it serves political agendas.
     
    Teaching Areas
     History of Judaism; modern philosophy; ethical and political thought
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Responsibility Beyond Shame and Guilt in Modern Jewish Moral Philosophy, submitted to Journal of Religious Ethics

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Ethics as First Philosophy and the Other's Ambiguity in the Dialogues of Buber and Levinas." Philosophy Today, 50: 40-57.

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "In the End, Shall Christians Become Jews and Jews, Christians?: On Franz Rosenzweig's Apocalyptic Eschatology." CrossCurrents, Winter (2004) : 511-529.

     
     Articles
     

    "Formal response to Paul Mendes-Flohr¿s "The Desert Within and Social Renewal: Martin Buber¿s Vision of Utopia"." The Web Forum of the Martin Marty Center at the Advanced Institute for the Study of Religion (2/2003) : ms. 7pp..

     
     Books
     

    Hallowing Days: Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig Between the Secular and the Sacred (Fordham University Press, forthcoming)

     
     

    Hallowing Days: Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig Between the Secular and the Sacred (Fordham University Press, forthcoming)

     
     Book chapters
     

    Antisemitism in Encyclopedia of Religion in America

     
     

    Politics, Theology, Race, and Religion in the 1916-1924 Dialogue of Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, in The Weimar Moment, edited by Len Kaplan and Rudy Koshar (Lexington Books).

     
     

    Secularism, entry in The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, Culture, and History, edited by Judith R. Baskin (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

     
     

    Sovereignty and Sacrifice in Writings by Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, in The Star and the Cross: Post-Nietzschean Revivals of Judaism and Christianity, edited by Wayne Cristaudo (Cambridge Scholars Press), in press.

     
     

    The Concept of God: Immanence, in Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: The Modern Era, edited by David Novak and Martin Kavka (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

     
     Book reviews
     Review of Eugene B. Borowitz, Studies in the Meaning of Judaism, in Association for Jewish Studies Review 30:1 (April 2007): 216-218.
     
     Review of Martin Kavka, Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy, in Modern Theology 23:1 (2007): 128-130.
     
     Review of Peter Eli Gordon, Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy, in Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXII (2008): 319-323.
     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Edward Timms and Andrea Hammel, editors, The German-Jewish Dilemma: From the Enlightenment to the Shoah (Edwin Mellen Press, 1999)." Jewish Culture and History: 8 ms pp.Submitted

     
     

    "Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, Der fr¿he Walter Benjamin und Hermann Cohen. J¿dische Wert, Kritische Philosophie, verg¿ngliche Erfahrung (Verlag Vorwerk 8, 2000)." Internationales Archiv f¿r Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur: ms. 14pp..Submitted

     
     

    "Elliot Dorff and Louis E. Newman, Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 1999)." Religious Studies Review: ms. 1p..In Press

     
     

    "Leora Batnitzky, Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered (Princeton University Press, 2000)." : ms. 1p..In Press

     
     

    "Norbert Samuelson, A User¿s Guide to Franz Rosenzweig¿s Star of Redemption (Curzon Press, 1999)." Religious Studies Review: ms. 1p..In Press

     
     

    Kaplan, G. "Booknote on Leon Roth, Is There a Jewish Philosophy? Rethinking Fundamentals (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1999)." Religious Studies Review, 28 (2002/Apr) : 177.

     
     

    Kaplan, G. "Booknote on Leora Batnitzky, Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered (Princeton University Press, 2000)." Religious Studies ReviewIn Press

     
     

    Kaplan, G. "Booknote on Norbert Samuelson, A User?s Guide to Franz Rosenzweig?s Star of Redemption (Curzon Press, 1999)." Religious Studies ReviewIn Press

     
     

    Kaplan, G. "Review of Edward Timms and Andrea Hammel, editors, The German-Jewish Dilemma: From the Enlightenment to the Shoah (Edwin Mellen Press, 1999)." Jewish Culture and History: 9 pp ms.In Press

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem." 

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Biopolitics, Immanence, and the Wages of Life." 

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Immanence or Biopolitics: Levinas, Agamben, and the Wages of Ontology." 

     
     Conference papers
     

    “A Jewish Philosophy of Love,” paper at the “Love in the Religions of the World” conference, University of Hong Kong, China, October 23-26 2009

     
     

    "Heschel's Immanence," conference paper at "Heavenly Torah: The Book and its Themes through the Prism of a Generation," The Institute for the Study of Rabbinic Thought, Beit Morasha of Jerusalem, December 2007;

     
     Other
     

    Kaplan, G. "Who is a Jewish Composer of New Concert Music?."  (2002/Oct) : 6 pp.

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Abrogation of Law and Custom." The Reader?s Guide to Judaism, Chicago (2000) : 5-6.

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Booknote on Dan Avnon, Martin Buber: The Hidden Dialogue (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999)." Religious Studies Review, 26/1 (January 2000) : 99-100.

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Booknote on Leora Batnitzky, Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered (Princeton, 2000)." Religious Studies Review (In Press)

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Holiness." The Reader?s Guide to Judaism, Chicago (2000) : 257-259.

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Review Essay of Edward Timms and Andrea Hammel, editors, The German-Jewish Dilemma: From the Enlightenment to the Shoah (The Edwin Mellen Press, 1999)." Jewish Culture and History (In Preparation)

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Review Essay of Paul Mendes-Flohr, German Jews: A Dual Identity (Yale, 1999)." H-Judaic (March 2000)

     
     

    Gregory Kaplan "Booknote on Leon Roth, Is There a Jewish Philosophy? Rethinking Fundamentals (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1999)." Religious Studies Review (In Press)

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    "Immanence Reconsidered." Movement of Nothingness, Honors College at the University of Houston. (April 5, 2008)

     
     

    "Politics, Theology, Race, and Religion in the 1916-1924 Dialogue of Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy." The Weimar Moment, University of Wisconsin. (October 2008)

     
     

    "Sustaining Sacrifice: Rosenzweig’s “I remain therefore a Jew” and Rosenstock-Huessy’s “I respond though I am changing"." Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy/ Franz Rosenzweig: Aspects of a Friendship, Dartmouth College. (July 2008)

     
     Conference on "Ink and Blood: Textuality and the Human in Religion"
     
     

    "Franz Rosenzweig on Hallowing Daily Life." Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA. (12/22/03)

     
     

    "Franz Rosenzweig¿s Dual Covenant Theology and Scriptural Hermeneutics." Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, Dallas, TX. (03/15/03)

     
     

    "Is Dialogue Immediate or Mediated? Martin Buber on the Presence of the Other." Society for Continental Philosophy in a Jewish Context, Boxton, MA. (11/08/03)

     
     

    "Poetic Justice, Prophetic Justice: Buber with and against Heidegger on Language." Association for Jewish Studies, Los Angeles, CA. (December 16, 2002)

     
     

    "Responsibility Beyond Shame and Guilt in Twentieth Century Jewish Philosophical Ethics." Southwest Commission on Religious Studies (AAR), Dallas, TX. (March 10, 2002)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Martin Buber's Sanctification of the Everyday." Baylor University Center for Jewish Studies, Waco, Texas. (September 15, 2006)

     
     

    "The Holocaust and the Legacy of Emil Fackenheim." St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York. (April 15, 2004)

     
     

    "Parallels with Nazi Germany." Houston Holocaust Museum, Houston, TX. (May 8, 2002)

     
     

    "Perspectives of Judaism." Prairie View A&M University of Texas, Prairie View, TX. (April 3, 2002)

     
     Lectures
     

    "Between Athens and Jerusalem: The Reception of Maimonides’s Philosophy." (October 21, 2009)

     
     Other
     

    "?Everyday Religiosity?: How Do Rituals Transfigure Habitus?." American Academy of Religion/ Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN. (20 November 2000)

     
     

    "?Violence and Metaphysics? from Spinoza to Buber and Rosenzweig." Philosophy of Religion/ Theology Section, American Academy of Religion/ Western Regional Meeting, Claremont, CA. (March 12, 2001)

     
     

    "Altered States: Buber, Rosenzweig and Levinas on the Limits of Eschatology." American Academy of Religion/ Western Regional Meeting, Azusa CA. (18 April 2000)

     
     

    "Hallowing Daily Life According to Buber and Rosenzweig." Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University. (13 January 2000)

     
     

    "On ?Pious Lies?: Fanatical Masses, Media Frenzy and Free Markets in Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise." Annual Western Humanities Alliance Conference, Seattle WA. (14 October 2000)

     
     

    "Responsibility beyond Shame and Guilt in Modern Jewish Ethics." American Academy of Religion/ Annual Meeting, Orlando FL. (November 1998)

     
     

    "Rosenzweig, Buber and Levinas on Redemption." Religious Studies Colloquium, Stanford University. (25 May 2000)

     
     

    "Rosenzweig, Buber and Levinas on Redemption." Jewish Studies Colloquium, Stanford University. (3 May 2000)

     
     

    "The Fate of Place in Martin Buber?s Thought." Western Association for Jewish Studies, Los Angeles, CA. (March 1998)

     
     

    "The Practice and Representation of Law in Modern Jewish Philosophy." American Academy of Religion/ Regional Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (March 1999)

     
     

    "The Shape of Things to Come: Buber and Rosenzweig on Hallowing Institutions." American Academy of Religion/ Annual Meeting, Nashville TN. (19 November 2000)

     
     Panelist
     

    "Panel on "Enlightenment in Medieval, Early Modern, and Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought,"." Southwest Commission on Religious Studies (regional AAR), Irving, TX. (March 5, 2006)

     
     

    "The Return of Midrash in Twentieth Century Jewish Thought." Southwestern Commission on Religious Studies, Irving, TX. (March 12, 2005)

     
     

    "Heidegger and Rosenzweig on the 'Hermeneutics of Facticity." Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Memphis, TN. (October 30, 2004)

     
     

    "How Maimonides Solves the Problem of Truth and Justice with a Ruse." American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas. (November 23, 2004)

     
     

    "Towards a 'Theology of Culture' in the Dialogue of Martin Buber and Paul Tillich." Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, Irving, Texas. (March 6, 2004)

     
     

    "The Jewish Composer of New Concert Music." Rice University and the Jewish Community Center of Houston, Houston, TX. (October 24, 2002)

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Tor Boen, DMA A Critical Full-Score Edition of the Completed Movements of Eugene Ysaye's Trio for Two Violins and Viola. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Eric Boynton, PhD Figuring Philosophy of Religion: Reflection on Art and Its Significance for Continental Philosophy of Religion. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Stephen H. Hood, Ph.D. Autochthony and Exile. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Stephen Hood, Ph.D. Autochthony, Promised Land, and Exile. (2006) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Robert Erlewine, Ph.D. The Religion of Reason Revisited: Monotheism and Tolerance. (2006) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Matthew Schunke, PhD A Phenomenological Response to Naturalist Accounts of Religion. (2009) (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Faculty Fellow, Rice Humanities Research Center (Spring 2007)

     President's Leave, (Fall 2006)

     Finalist, (2006)

     Jon and Paula Mosle Research Award, Dean of Humanities (2005-2006)

     Mosle Research Award, Dean of Humanities, Rice University (2004-2005)

     Mosle Research Award, Dean of Humanities, Rice University (2003-2004)

     Workshop Participant, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (8/25-28/03)

     Summer Research Award, Dean of Humanities (2002)

     Mosle Research Award, Dean of Humanities (2002-2003)

     Brown Foundation Teaching Grant, Committee on Teaching (2002)