Volume One of Jewish Philosophy: Foundations and Extensions is divided thematically. 'Foundations of Jewish Philosophy' analyzes how Jewish philosophy is defined, the controversy over faith and reason, and how Sa' adiah Ga'on pioneered the medieval, and Moses Mendelssohn, the modern traditions of Jewish philosophy. 'Philosophy and Scripture' explores the relationship of the two major sources of religious thought, reason and revelation. 'Non-Philosophical Sources and Their Implications' discusses the existence of the boundaries of philosophical thought.
Raphael Jospe (Ph.D. Brandeis University) teaches Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Rothberg International School. He is a specialist in medieval Jewish Philosophy and has authored several dozen articles in medieval and modern Jewish thought and edited six books. His Hebrew publications include a three-volume history, Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages from Sa' adiah Ga'on to Maimonides; his English publications include Torah and Sophia: The Life and Thought of Shem Tov ibn Falaquera and What is Jewish Philosophy??
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 I. Foundations of Jewish Philosophy Chapter 4 Chapter 1: What is Jewish Philosophy Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Faith and Reason: The Controversy Over Philosophy in Jewish History Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Sa'adiah Ga'on and Moses Mendelssohn: Pioneers of Jewish Philosophy Part 7 II: Philosophy and Scripture Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Biblical Exegesis as a Philosophic Literary Genre: Abraham ibn Ezra and Moses Mendelssohn Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Shem Tov ibn Falaquera's Lost Bible Commentary (with Dov Schwartz) Chapter 10 III: Non-Philosophic Sources and Their Implications Chapter 11 Chapter 6: Hillel's Rule Chapter 12 Chapter 7: The Rock and the Bush Chapter 13 Chapter 8: Jerusalem's Significance in Judaism Chapter 14 Index