The essays collected in this volume present carefully crafted and often creative interpretations of major Jewish texts and thinkers, as well as original treatments of significant issues in Jewish theology and ethics. Conversant with both Jewish philosophy and the methods and literature of analytic philosophy, the author frequently seeks to bring them into dialogue, and in addition taps the philosophical dimensions of Jewish law.. The book opens with a philosophical analysis of biblical narratives. It then investigates the relationship between Judaism and general culture as conceived by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook and Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, followed by interpretations of Maimonides' moral theory and his views on human perfection. The remainder of the volume examines both critically and constructively the relationship between religious anthropology and theories of providence; the problem of evil; the challenges that neuroscience poses to religion; law and morality in Judaism; theological dimensions of 9/11; the limits of altruism; concepts of autonomy in Jewish medical ethics; and the epistemology of religious belief.
"David Shatz is an excellent analytic philosopher who has also written extensively on Jewish philosophy. His articles do not merely contribute to understanding Jewish thinkers and thought. They also serve to broaden the philosophy of religion, making important issues and thinkers accessible and relevant to scholars working in other traditions. The essays will enhance scholarly appreciation of the philosophical dimensions of religious law, in a field that largely ignores or marginalizes law's role in religion. This collection is particularly welcome and will contribute valuably to a broader discussion."--Wayne Proudfoot, Professor of Religion, Columbia University
The Bible As a Source of Philosophical Reflection; Maimonides' Moral Theory; Worship, Corporeality & Human Perfection : A Reading of Guide of the Perplexed III:51-54; The Integration of Torah & Culture: Its Scope & Limits in The Thought of Rav Kook; Is Rav Kook A Model of 'Openness'?; Science & Religious Consciousness in the Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik; Divine Intervention & Religious Sensibilities; From Anthropology to Metaphysics: David Hartman on Divine Intervention; Is Matter All That Matters?: Judaism, Free Will & the Genetic & Neuroscientific Revolutions; "From the Depths I Have Called to You": Jewish Reflections on September 11th & Contemporary Terrorism; Does Jewish Law Express Jewish Philosophy? : The Curious Case of Theodicies; Beyond Obedience: The Ethical Theory of Rabbi Walter Wurzburger; "As Thyself": The Limits of Altruism in Jewish Ethics; Concepts of Autonomy in Jewish Medical Ethics; The Over-examined Life is Not Worth Living.
Series: Judaism and Jewish Life
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 11th January 2010
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.82