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Commandment and Community
New Essays in Jewish Legal and Political Philosophy
Commandment and Community
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Daniel H. Frank - Editor
SUNY series in Jewish Philosophy
Price: $53.50 
Hardcover - 285 pages
Release Date: July 1995
ISBN10: 0-7914-2429-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2429-2

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Paperback - 285 pages
Release Date: July 1995
ISBN10: 0-7914-2430-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2430-8

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This book includes contemporary Jewish political practice, and both systematic and historical treatments of issues in Jewish political theory and legal thought.

This book is divided into two parts, "Judaism and Political Praxis" and "Halakha and the Political Order." The first part is concerned with issues at the interface of Jewish political theory and practice: a Jewish philosophy of justice, the formulation of a practical philosophy based on traditional Jewish sources, and the need for greater political activism among Jews. The second part presents both systematic and historical studies. It includes the strategies used to determine the meaning and intelligibility of texts and norms in the rabbinic tradition, trends in the history of Jewish political thought, and the connectedness of law and morality in traditional Judaism.

"The intersection of politics and Judaism is a subject to which ever greater attention is being paid, not much of it as intelligent and well grounded as the essays in this book."-- Menachem Kellner, University of Haifa, Israel

Daniel H. Frank is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky. He is the editor of Autonomy and Judaism: The Individual and the Community in Jewish Philosophical Thought and A People Apart: Chosenness and Ritual in Jewish Philosophical Thought, both published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART 1. JUDAISM AND POLITICAL PRAXIS

Toward a Jewish Philosophy of Justice

Lenn E. Goodman

Is a Jewish Practical Philosophy Possible?

Oliver Leaman

Reason in Action: The "Practicality" of Maimonides's Guide

Daniel H. Frank

Jewish Tradition and National Policy

Elliot N. Dorff

PART 2. HALAKHA AND THE POLITICAL ORDER

Underdetermination of Meaning by the Talmudic Text

Aryeh Botwinick

Nachmanides's Conception of Ta'amei Mitzvot
and Its Maimonidean Background


Josef Stern

The Attitude Toward Democracy in Medieval
Jewish Philosophy


Abraham Melamed

Abravanel and the Jewish Republican Ethos

Reuven Kimelman

Spinoza's Challenge to the Doctrine of Election

David Novak

Morality and War: A Critique of Bleich's Oracular Halakha

Noam J. Zohar

Response to Noam Zohar 

J. David Bleich

Reply to David Bleich 

Noam J. Zohar

Contributors

Index


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