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.

Acknowlegments tions, and preferred to continue grappling with a difficult problem rather than seek an easy solution. He taught me how one can struggle religiously, yet remain strongly com-mitted to a tradition. It was his example that sustained me throughout my years of encounter with philosophy. It was he who encouraged me to broaden my halakhic horizons by embracing the world of philosophy. In my philosophic studies, I was favored in being ex-posed to great teachers. Indeed, the five years I spent at Fordham University were an intellectual feast. Professor Robert Pollock’s experiential orientation to philosophic thought has remained a permanent feature of my think-ing. At McGill University, where I earned my doctorate, I was fortunate to have studied with Professor Chaim Per-elman whose penetrating approach to the philosophy of law and the logic of legal reasoning left a lasting impres-sion upon me. He encouraged me to investigate the na-ture of halakhic reasoning, and his influence may be noted in Chapter Three of this work. I am also indebted to Alan Montefiore for his exacting approach to moral philosophy. The friendship and concern of Professor Raymond Klibansky, under whose guidance this work was under-taken, were a source of strength to me, and the rigorous demands of his scholarship provided important directions in my research. The intellectual companionship of my former col-leagues in the Department of Philosophy at McGill Uni-versity will always be appreciated. Harry Bracken was a firm supporter on many difficult occasions, and his sugges-tions have immeasurably improved the quality of this work. Throughout the long period in which I applied my-self so intensely to the study of Maimonides, I was blessed with a great student, Elliot Yagod. Together, he and I studied all the material dealt with in this work; I have benefited greatly from his clarity of thought, his keen pow-viii   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

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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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