Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence by Jonathan JacobsJudaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence by Jonathan Jacobs

Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence

EditorJonathan Jacobs

Hardcover | July 16, 2011

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Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence explores the significance and enduring relevance of Judaic roots and sources of important European and Western moral and political ideas and ideals. The volume focuses on the distinct character of Judaic thought concerning moralvalue, the individual human being, the nature of political order, relations between human beings, and between human beings and God. In doing so, it shows how Judaic thought contains crucial resources for engaging some of the most important issues of moral and political life. The currents of thought that have shaped the so-called "Judeo-Christian" tradition involve diverse perspectives and emphases. The essays in this volume bring into relief the distinctly Judaic origins of many of them and explicate how they remain valuable resources for moral and political thought.These are not essays in Jewish intellectual history; rather, their purpose is to clarify the conceptual resources, insights, and perspectives grounded in Judaic texts and thought. To realize that purpose the essays address important topics in philosophical anthropology, exploring the normativedimensions of human nature and fundamental features of the human condition. The essays speak to scholars and students in several disciplines and areas of study. These include moral philosophy, religion, philosophy of religion, ethics, Jewish intellectual history, comparative religion, theology, and other areas. The volume draws the work of ten scholars into a coherentwhole, reflecting the connections between fundamental insights and commitments of Judaic thought and ideals.
Jonathan A. Jacobs received his Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge and was John MacMurray Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and ...
Title:Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring PresenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1 inPublished:July 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199583153

ISBN - 13:9780199583157

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Table of Contents

Jonathan Jacobs: IntroductionI: Some Judaic Roots1. Alan Mittleman: The Durability of Goodness2. Kenneth Seeskin: Judaism and the Idea of the FutureII: Judaic Culture and Politics3. Steven Grosby: Hebraism: The Third Culture4. Yorum Hazony: The Political Thought of the Biblical History, Genesis-KingsIII: Fundamental Elements of Morality and Moral Psychology5. Jonathan Jacobs: Tradition, Rationality, and Moral Life: Medieval Judaism's Insight6. David Novak: Natural Law and Jewish PhilosophyIV: Medieval and Moral Politics: Maimonides and Spinoza on Reason and Revelation7. Daniel H. Frank: The Politics of Fear: Idolatry and Superstition in Maimonides and Spinoza8. Edward C. Halper: Torah as Political Philosophy: Maimonides and Spinoza on Religious LawV: Moral Philosophy: Enduring Influences and Continued Borrowings9. Ze'ev Maghen: Dancing in Chains: The Baffling Coexistence of Legalism and Exuberance in Judaic and Islamic Tradition10. Lenn E. Goodman: Individuality