About the King's Choice to Build His Palace Right On Top of the Dunghill
((or, how to conceptualize Jewishly))
About the Book
ISRAEL; the people, the nation, the religion.
While remaining acutely aware of the shortcomings of both Heidegger and Derrida, the writer nevertheless uses insights and terminology from their discourse in the service of exposing the historical and thought trends of hegemonic proportions which have had the effect of deracinating Judaism from ISRAEL. The writer makes the claim that a "critical/spelunkative" analysis of what went into that final and anonymous redaction of the Babylonian Talmud points the way towards a retrieval of Judaism's "burning living center." The writer further contends that such a retrieval can have the effect of "returning" [teshuba] Judaism back to ISRAEL.
About the Author
John W. McGinley holds a PhD in Philosophy from Boston College and an MA in Jewish Liberal Studies from Gratz College, Melrose Park, Pa. He was a fulltime professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Scranton from 1970 through 2004. John may be a convert to Judaism with the Hebrew name of ?Yochanan ben Avraham.? He understands that his conversion to Judaism via the Conservative Movement is not recognized by the Orthodox and at the present time he is largely in agreement with that Orthodox position. He resides in Boca Raton, Florida.