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Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy - Kenneth Seeskin

Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 17th September 2001
ISBN: 9780521800372
Number Of Pages: 268

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Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy examines an important theme in Jewish thought from the Book of Genesis to the present day. Although it is customary to view Judaism as a legalistic faith leaving little room for free thought or individual expression, Kenneth Seeskin argues that this view is wrong. Where some see the essence of the religion as strict obedience to divine commands, Seeskin claims that God does not just command but forms a partnership with humans requiring the consent of both parties. Looking at classic texts from Biblical, Rabbinic, and philosophical literature, Seeskin shows that Judaism has always respected freedom of conscience and assigned an important role to the power of human reason. The book considers both existing arguments and presents new ideas about the role of autonomy in Judaism. Clear and concise, it offers a refreshing alternative to the mysticism and dogmatism prevalent in much of the recent literature.

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"Seeskin is to be commended. Moreover, Seeskin's application of rationalism to Judiasm is praiseworth. Autonomy in Jewish PhilosophyR^ is not easy reading, but it repays careful study. I highly recommend this excellent book to all serious students of Jewish Philosophy." Conservative Judaism

The problem of autonomy
Covenant and consent in the Bible
From the prophet to the sage
From the sage to the philosopher
The rise of modernity: Spinoza and Mendelssohn
The height of modernity: Kant and Cohen
Modernity under fire: Buber and Levinas
Conclusion: a partnership with God
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ISBN: 9780521800372
ISBN-10: 0521800374
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 17th September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 13.97  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.43