THE STORY OF JEWISH PHILOSOPHY by Joseph L.

THE STORY OF JEWISH PHILOSOPHY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Whatever Columbia's Joseph lacks in style he more than makes up for in content the story of Jewish Philosophy is probably the most compact yet most comprehensive survey now available. And the range is rewarding indeed: from the Bible to Martin Buber, Professor presents an ever evolving, ever varying picture of the never-changing themes of the ""chosen people"", their constant confrontation with good and evil, their conflicting individual and corporate response to God, the search for the homeland and the Messianic the influence of thought and the founding of Talmudic teaching, the early and prophetic ethics, above all their making of salvation dependent on the morality of man. Malmonides' Aristotelian-inspired rationalism, Halevi's psychologism, the Mendelssohn's 18th century revelation, the reform movements and anti reawakening of God in day-to-day ""relations""- all these and many other aspects make up a richly rigorous intellectual and spiritual for and humanistic significance, if not aesthetic strength.

Pub Date: May 15th, 1962
Publisher: Random House