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Judaism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation (Investigating Philosophy of Religion)

Judaism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation (Investigating Philosophy of Religion)

By: Lenn E. Goodman (author)Paperback

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Judaism, as a religion and a way of life, has guided millions of lives and profoundly influenced its younger sisters, Christianity and Islam, as well as contributing major themes and norms to the liberal and humanistic traditions of the West. Not all Jews are religious, and not all of Judaism is philosophical; but at its core Judaism rests on a complex of values and ideas that address the abiding concerns of philosophy and perennial questions about the meaning and purpose of life, the nature of the universe, the roots and fruits of human responsibility, the character of justice, the worth of nature, and the dignity of persons. This book examines some of the central questions that such ideas raise, drawing on the ancient and more recent sources of Jewish thought, as viewed from a contemporary philosophical standpoint.

About Author

Lenn E. Goodman is among America's foremost Jewish philosophers, and is the author of God of Abraham, On Justice, In Defense of Truth, Love thy Neighor as Thyself (his Gifford Lectures), and numerous other philosophical works. His translations include Saadiah Gaon's commentary on the Book of Job, Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, and The Case of the Animals vs. Man. He is now collaborating on a new translation and commentary on Maimonides' Guide to the Perplexed.


Table of Contents Preface ... Chapter 1 - Biblical Logic ... Chapter 2 - Two Epiphanies ... Chapter 3 - Mosaic Liberalism ... Chapter 4 - Holiness ... Chapter 5 - God and Israel as Lovers ... Chapter 6 - Regrouping ... Abbreviations ... Dramatis Personae ... Index ...

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781138193369
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 236
  • ID: 9781138193369
  • ISBN10: 1138193364

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