Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Law, Reason, and Morality in Medieval Jewish PhilosophySadia Gaon, Bahya ibn Pakuda, and Moses Maimonides$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jonathan Jacobs

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542833.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 July 2019

Athens, Jerusalem, and Jewish Moral Thought

Athens, Jerusalem, and Jewish Moral Thought

Chapter:
(p.10) 1 Athens, Jerusalem, and Jewish Moral Thought
Source:
Law, Reason, and Morality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy
Author(s):

Jonathan Jacobs (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542833.003.0002

This chapter explains some key features of how the thinkers in question viewed the relation between reason and revelation, and between God and human beings. The respect in which Saadia, Bahya, and Maimonides understood reason and religion to have a common object is centrally important. They understood Judaism to involve commands to cultivate the intellect and to strive for perfection through a mutually reinforcing spiral of intellectual and ethical activity. The main outline of the relation between understanding and ethical activity is described. That issue is placed in the overall context of the relation between ‘Athens’ (rational philosophy) and ‘Jerusalem’ (revelation and faith).

Keywords:   Athens and Jerusalem, moral psychology, metaethics, perfectionism, rationalism, realism

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 .