Religion Or Halakha: The Philosophy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

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Brill, 2007 - Philosophy - 375 pages
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Joseph B. Soloveitchik s philosophy plays a significant role in twentieth century Jewish thought. This book focuses on the first stages of Soloveitchik s philosophy, through a systematic and detailed discussion of his essay Halakhic Man. Schwartz analyzes this essay at three main levels: first, he considers its complex writing style and relates it to Soloveitchik s aims in the writing of this work. Second, the author compares Halakhic Man to other contemporary writings of Soloveitchik. Third, he lays out the essay s philosophical background. Through this analysis, Schwartz successfully exposes hidden layers in Halakhic Man, which may not be immediately evident.

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About the author (2007)

Dov Schwartz was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Bar Ilan university (2003-2006) and Head of the Department of Philosophy (1999-2002). He is the chair of the Natali and Isidor Friedman Cathedra for the teaching of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's philosophy.