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Judaic Sources and Western Thought


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Jonathan Jacobs: Introduction
I: Some Judaic Roots
1: Alan Mittleman: The Durability of Goodness
2: Kenneth Seeskin: Judaism and the Idea of the Future
II: Judaic Culture and Politics
3: Steven Grosby: Hebraism: The Third Culture
4: Yorum Hazony: The Political Thought of the Biblical History, Genesis-Kings
III: Fundamental Elements of Morality and Moral Psychology
5: Jonathan Jacobs: Tradition, Rationality, and Moral Life: Medieval Judaism's Insight
6: David Novak: Natural Law and Jewish Philosophy
IV: Medieval and Moral Politics: Maimonides and Spinoza on Reason and Revelation
7: Daniel H. Frank: The Politics of Fear: Idolatry and Superstition in Maimonides and Spinoza
8: Edward C. Halper: Torah as Political Philosophy: Maimonides and Spinoza on Religious Law
V: Moral Philosophy: Enduring Influences and Continued Borrowings
9: Ze'ev Maghen: Dancing in Chains: The Baffling Coexistence of Legalism and Exuberance in Judaic and Islamic Tradition
10: Lenn E. Goodman: Individuality

About the Author

Jonathan A. Jacobs received his Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge and was John MacMurray Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews, and Visiting Scholar, Social Philosophy & Policy Center Bowling Green
State University. He has also been Director of the Division of Humanities at Colgate University, where he was Richard J. and Jean Head Professor of Philosophy. Most of his work is in moral psychology and
metaethics, with a focus on Aristotle and medieval philosophy, as well as issues concerning the aims and justification of punishment.

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