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Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One's Practices

Daniel Rynhold

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199274864
eISBN:
9780191602450
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019927486X.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Judaism is a religion that historically has emphasized the importance of a set of practical commandments, and in the history of Jewish philosophy various attempts have been made to rationalize or ... More


Rationalizing the Commandments I: Rationalizing the Commandments I: The Maimonidean Method

Daniel Rynhold

in Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One's Practices

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199274864
eISBN:
9780191602450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019927486X.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Maimonides’ method of rationalizing the commandments is examined, placing particular stress on his use of a quasi-Aristotelian method of scientific explanation. Maimonides’ use of Aristotle’s ... More


Rationalizing the Commandments II: Rationalizing the Commandments II: The Soloveitchikian Method

Daniel Rynhold

in Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One's Practices

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199274864
eISBN:
9780191602450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019927486X.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The apparently contrasting method of rationalization of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik is subjected to a detailed critical analysis. Following a summary of Soloveitchik’s general method of descriptive ... More


The Priority of Theory

Daniel Rynhold

in Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One's Practices

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199274864
eISBN:
9780191602450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019927486X.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

It is argued that for all their differences, the naturalist models of both Maimonides and Soloveitchik share certain related assumptions about the nature of rationality and the relationship that ... More


Problems with Principles

Daniel Rynhold

in Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One's Practices

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199274864
eISBN:
9780191602450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019927486X.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Develops an anti-theory objection from uncodifiability, which questions the central assumption of the PoT theorist—that we can codify a practice in a set of principles—in order to argue that the PoT ... More


The Priority of Practice

Daniel Rynhold

in Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One's Practices

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199274864
eISBN:
9780191602450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019927486X.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

We present the alternative to the PoT approach to practical justification, which we term the Priority of Practice approach (PoP). This is developed by applying conceptual categories provided by ... More


Jewish Theology in Postwar America

Michael L. Morgan

in Beyond Auschwitz: Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought in America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195148626
eISBN:
9780199870011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195148622.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter covers the writings and interchanges of various Jewish theologians who wrote in America in the late 1940s, the 1950s, and the 1960s, who included existentialists, and Reform Jewish ... More


The Goal of the Ignatian Exercises and Soloveitchik's Halakhic Spirituality

Christian M. Rutishauser, S.J.

in Friends on the Way: Jesuits Encounter Contemporary Judaism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228119
eISBN:
9780823236985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228119.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter provides background on the life and religious activities of Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveitchik, the spiritual mentor of so-called modern Jewish Orthodoxy in the United States. Soloveitchik's ... More


Revival of the Bible

Chaim I. Waxman

in Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764845
eISBN:
9781800343450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764845.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on changes within American Orthodoxy concerning interpretations of Orthodox Jewish beliefs. It discusses American Orthodoxy that was united in its allegiance to the credo of ... More


Words of Peace and Truth: A-Dieu, Levinas

Michael A. Signer

in The Exorbitant: Emmanuel Levinas Between Jews and Christians

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230150
eISBN:
9780823235711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230150.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This concluding chapter links some of the issues raised in the book's chapters to the writings that have been central to theologians engaged in the same enterprise. It firsts ... More


Persons in a World of Things

Alan L. Mittleman

in Human Nature & Jewish Thought: Judaism's Case for Why Persons Matter

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176277
eISBN:
9781400865789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176277.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the reality of persons in a world of things. It begins and ends with some relevant views drawn from the Jewish philosophers Buber (1878–1965), Heschel (1907–72), and Joseph B. ... More


Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Maimonides

Menachem Kellner

in Reinventing Maimonides in Contemporary Jewish Thought

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764951
eISBN:
9781800343344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764951.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter talks about the central role of Maimonides in the life and thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, which was attested as a moving autobiographical passage in his work titled And from ... More


The Organization and Operation of the Yeshiva

Shaul Stampfer

in Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century: Creating a Tradition of Learning

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774792
eISBN:
9781800341128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774792.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter takes a look at the organization and operation of the yeshiva. The way in which the yeshiva was administered largely reflected the personality and values of its leaders. There was no ... More


Formally Human (Jewish Responses to Kant I)

Sergey Dolgopolski

in Other Others: The Political after the Talmud

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280186
eISBN:
9780823281640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280186.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The chapter shows how among tradition-oriented scholars of the 20th and early 21st century, the interpersonal in the Talmud became effaced in the notion of a universal subject of reason, ultimately ... More


Faith as Immunity to History?: Rethinking Barth and Fackenheim

Chris Boesel

in Karl Barth and Comparative Theology

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823284603
eISBN:
9780823286102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823284603.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Reading Barth in conversation with three different post-Holocaust Jewish theologians on the question of God’s relationship to history, Boesel comes to a new appreciation for the diversity within the ... More


Laws of Tact and Genre

Adam Zachary Newton

in To Make the Hands Impure: Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263516
eISBN:
9780823266470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263516.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Sebald’s and Arad’s stagings of presence and absence, including the ethical remainder of illegible headstones and unrecorded victims’ names, represents one of several limit-cases for the questions of ... More


Should Theists Eschew Theodicies?

David Shatz

in Jewish Philosophy in an Analytic Age

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780198811374
eISBN:
9780191848407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198811374.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Moses Nachmanides argues that people who oppose the project of theodicy are “fools who despise wisdom.” Other Jewish thinkers have argued that it is impious and/or imprudent to offer theodicies in ... More


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