At the Center of the Universe: Essays on Western Intellectual Space

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M Plaut, Oct 1, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 179 pages

This collection of eight essays plus Introduction challenges many of society's most fundamental ideas about the world and ourselves with reasonable, original alternatives. Written from an unapologetically Jewish viewpoint, these essays will be of interest to any intellectually inquisitive person. Is economic gain a universal drive? Is it reasonable to say that the world is the result of chance occurrences? Does humanism understate the value of humanity? These questions and others are considered.


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Notes on an Outmoded World View
The Rise of the Science of Economics and the Idea of Gain
How to Succeed in Knowing without Really Seeing
Reason and Random
A Timely Note
A Look into Proofs of Gd
A Sound Mind
The Scientist as Poet the Baal Mesorah as Scientist

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About the author (2014)

Mordecai Plaut has a rabbinical degree from Ner Israel Rabbincal College in Pikesville, MD, and graduate degrees from Columbia University in the City of New York. In addition to Torah studies, he has an academic background in mathematics and philosophy. More recently he published a new edition of the classical work Moreh Nevuchim of Maimonides in the Hebrew Ibn Tibbon translation.

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