Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest...

In this original study, noted scholar and theologian David Hartman discusses the relation between Maimonides' halakhic writings and The Guide of the Perplexed. This pioneering work earned Dr. Hartman a National Jewish Book Award for a book on Jewish thought.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I am fortunate in having been born into a religious family whose roots within the Jewish tradition are deep. My fa-ther, of blessed memory, was a man who found profound satisfaction in his Judaism; his great legacy to his children was the joy of song. He was not religiously dogmatic, and he and my mother created a Jewish home which was ex-perientially based yet intellectually free. I am grateful both to them and to my brothers and sisters for the in-tensely Jewish environment in which I spent the forma-tive years of my life. These positive, emotional grounds provided a secure foundation in the Jewish tradition, yet left ample room for me to roam freely in the world of ideas. The teacher who first introduced me, in depth, to the world of Jewish philosophic and halakhic thought was Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He has been, for me, the paradigm of one who strives to integrate the rigorous dis-cipline of halakhic thought with the study of philosophy. He taught me all that I know and love in Halakhah; above all, he showed me how halakhic man can be intellectually honest. He was never afraid to raise uncomfortable ques-vii  C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest


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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageACKNOWLEDGMENTSFOREWORDCONTENTSINTRODUCTIONOption 1. The way of insulationOption 2. The way of dualismOption 3. The way of rejectionOption 4. The way of integrationOne. PHILOSOPHY IN MAIMONIDES' LEGAL WORKSTwo. HALAKHIC AND AGGADIC CATEGORIES AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO PHILOSOPHICAL SPIRITUALITYThree. REASON AND TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY WITHIN HALAKHAH AND PHILOSOPHYFour. THE PHILOSOPHIC RELIGIOUS SENSIBILITYFive. MORALITY AND THE PASSIONATE LOVE FOR GODNOTESSELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHYWorks of MaimonidesBackground Literature and General PhilosophyLiterature on Maimonides and Jewish ThoughtINDEX
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