Quest for Life

A Study in Aharon David Gordon’s Philosophy of Man in Nature

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Yossi Turner
Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
  • Brookline, MA: 
    Academic Studies Press
    , July
     174 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


A.D. Gordon was one of the most interesting and original Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. Quest for Life presents Gordon's philosophy, which was developed in Hebrew at the beginning of the twentieth century, to the English reading public. It discusses the role played by the early Land of Israel pioneering labor community in the development of his thought, and offers a new understanding of its major themes, including: the relation of humanity to nature, human freedom, ethnicity, religion, and ethics. In addition, the book discusses the repercussions of Gordon's thought with respect to contemporary civilization while suggesting its implicit 'quest for life' as the basis for a re-evaluation of such topics as the meaning of human life, Jewish peoplehood and the idea of a Jewish homeland.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Yossi Turner is Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He has published extensively on philosophies of Jewish existence, Jewish religious philosophy, and Jewish social thought. At present he is also involved in developing an original philosophy designed to explicate various problems facing contemporary Jewish life and humanity.



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