Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Two Models of Jewish PhilosophyJustifying One's Practices$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Daniel Rynhold

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274864

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019927486X.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 20 November 2019

Rationalizing the Commandments II: Rationalizing the Commandments II: The Soloveitchikian Method

Rationalizing the Commandments II: Rationalizing the Commandments II: The Soloveitchikian Method

(p.48) 2 Rationalizing the Commandments II: The Soloveitchikian Method
Two Models of Jewish Philosophy

Daniel Rynhold (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The apparently contrasting method of rationalization of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik is subjected to a detailed critical analysis. Following a summary of Soloveitchik’s general method of descriptive reconstruction as presented in The Halakhic Mind, we first consider the scientific model of rationalization that Lawrence Kaplan finds within Soloveitchik’s reflections on halakhah. Despite humanistic and hermeneutic strands reminiscent of those found in the later thought of Wilhelm Dilthey, it is argued that ultimately this method remains a scientific explanatory method that attempts to subsume particular instances under general laws. There is, however, a contrasting model of rationalization found in The Halakhic Mind that is far more Gadamerian in tone, focusing on the meaning of the commandments rather than on their explanation. Some of the implications of the differences between the two models are discussed, though both models are argued to be highly conservative and lacking the capacity for objectivity.

Keywords:   descriptive reconstruction, Dilthey, Explanation, Gadamer, Halakhah, Hermeneutic, meaning, objectivity, rationalization, Soloveitchik

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .