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Religion or Halakha
The Philosophy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
By Dov Schwartz and Batya Stein
Brill Academic Publishers: 2007
ISBN: 9004157662

Book Description:

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. (Supplements to the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy)

About the Author
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.


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