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Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence

Jonathan Jacobs


This book explores the significance and enduring relevance of Judaic roots and sources of important European and Western moral and political ideas and ideals. The book focuses on the distinct character of Judaic thought concerning moral value, the individual human being, the nature of political order, relations between human beings, and between human beings and God. In doing so, it shows how Judaic thought contains crucial resources for engaging some of the most important issues of moral and political life. The currents of thought that have shaped the so-called ‘Judeo-Christian’ tradition invo ... More

Keywords: Judaic roots, Judaic sources, Judaic thought, Judeo-Christian tradition, moral thought, political thought, philosophical anthropology

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Jacobs, editor
Director, Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, and Professor of Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York
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Part I Some Judaic Roots

Part II Judaic Culture and Politics

3 Hebraism

Steven Grosby

Part III Fundamental Elements of Morality and Moral Psychology

Part IV Medieval and Modern Politics: Maimonides and Spinoza on Reason and Revelation

Part V Moral Personality: Enduring Influences and Continued Borrowings

9 Dancing in Chains

Ze'ev Maghen

10 Individuality

Lenn E. Goodman

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