By Dr Kenneth Seeskin PH.D.
Essentially written, traditionally refined, Jewish Philosophy in a mundane Age offers a operating discussion among a rationalist realizing of faith and its many critics, starting from Descartes and Hume to Kierkegaard, Buber, and Fackenheim. the writer confronts such classical difficulties as divine attributes, construction, revelation, suspension of the moral, ethics and secular philosophy, the matter of evil, and the significance of the Holocaust. On every one factor, the writer units the phrases of the talk and works towards a positive answer.
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If we add that reason is a universal faculty, it follows that the people of any nation can confirm the teachings of Judaism. If, for example, Judaism teaches that God created the world ex nihilo, why should other people not be able to discover this for themselves? And if they do discover it, why should their arguments not be part of the study of Jewish philosophy? In this day and age, we are not likely to hear many philosophers talking about reason in so abstract a fashion or claiming that reason "confirms" a religious doctrine.
That means becoming like God as much as possible, which means becoming righteous and holy with the help of wisdom. But it is no easy matter to persuade people that the reasons for fleeing wickedness and pursuing virtue are not what the majority of people say. It is not that one should avoid the appearance of being bad and attain that of being good. . God has no taint of evil whatever, only perfect righteousness; and nothing is more like God than one of us who becomes as righteous as possible.
God is not the one who is but the one who does. 23 The shift from being to action is not just a neo-Kantian legacy. It is evident in as committed a phenomenologist as Emmanuel Levinas. Levinas agrees with Heidegger, Rorty, and the other antimetaphysicians that the essential feature of Greek philosophy is its preoccupation with the intelligibility of presence. Being is what can be exposed or revealed to the mind in perfect clarity. Levinas maintains that while Heidegger struggled with this model, he never really escaped from the conviction that presence is the ultimate philosophic category.
Jewish philosophy in a secular age by Dr Kenneth Seeskin PH.D.