Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence

Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence

by Jonathan A. Jacobs


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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 moral value, 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 normative dimensions 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 coherent whole, reflecting the connections between fundamental insights and commitments of Judaic thought and ideals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199583157
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Jacobs is Director of The Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Jonathan Jacobs
I: Some Judaic Roots
1. The Durability of Goodness, Alan Mittleman
2. Judaism and the Idea of the Future, Kenneth Seeskin
II: Judaic Culture and Politics
3. Hebraism: The Third Culture, Steven Grosby
4. The Political Thought of the Biblical History, Genesis-Kings, Yorum Hazony
III: Fundamental Elements of Morality and Moral Psychology
5. Tradition, Rationality, and Moral Life: Medieval Judaism's Insight, Jonathan Jacobs
6. Natural Law and Jewish Philosophy, David Novak
IV: Medieval and Moral Politics: Maimonides and Spinoza on Reason and Revelation
7. The Politics of Fear: Idolatry and Superstition in Maimonides and Spinoza, Daniel H. Frank
8. Torah as Political Philosophy: Maimonides and Spinoza on Religious Law, Edward C. Halper
V: Moral Philosophy: Enduring Influences and Continued Borrowings
9. Dancing in Chains: The Baffling Coexistence of Legalism and Exuberance in Judaic and Islamic Tradition, Ze'ev Maghen
10. Individuality, Lenn E. Goodman

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