Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying Ones Practices

Hardcover | January 16, 2006

byDaniel Rynhold

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In a work that illustrates how Jewish philosophy can make a genuine contribution to general philosophical debate, Daniel Rynhold attempts to formulate a model for the justification of practices by applying the methods of modern analytic philosophy to approaches to the rationalization of thecommandments from the history of Jewish philosophy. Through critical analysis of the methods of Moses Maimonides and Joseph Soloveitchik, Rynhold argues against propositional approaches to justifying practices that he terms Priority of Theory approaches and offers instead his own method, termed thePriority of Practice, which emphasizes the need for a more pragmatic take on this whole issue.

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In a work that illustrates how Jewish philosophy can make a genuine contribution to general philosophical debate, Daniel Rynhold attempts to formulate a model for the justification of practices by applying the methods of modern analytic philosophy to approaches to the rationalization of thecommandments from the history of Jewish philos...

Daniel Rynhold is Lecturer in Judaism, King's College London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:January 16, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019927486X

ISBN - 13:9780199274864

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Table of Contents

1. Rationalizing the commandments I: The Maimonidean method2. Rationalizing the commandments II: The Soloveitchikian method3. The priority of theory4. Problems with principles5. The priority of practice6. The spectre of relativism7. Conclusion: The practice of Jewish philosophy

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`...a tightly argued and erudite presentation.'David Biale, Times Literary Supplement