From Phenomenology to Existentialism

The Philosophy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Volume 2


Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s philosophy plays a significant role in twentieth century Jewish thought. This book focuses on the first and the second stages of Soloveitchik’s philosophy (1945-1965), through a systematic and detailed discussion of some of his essays, including "From There You Shall Seek" and "The Lonely Man of Faith". Schwartz analyzes these essays according to this thesis: in the mid 40s Soloveitchik used the phenomenology of religion to express his views, while in the 50s he added the existential theory.

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Dov Schwartz was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Bar Ilan University (2003-2006) and head of the departments of Philosophy (1999-2002) and Music (2007-2011). Currently he is the head of the Interdisciplinary Unit in Bar Ilan University. He is also the chair of the Natali and Isidor Friedman Cathedra for the Teaching of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's Philosophy.
Chapter One Reason and its Limitations
Chapter Two The Concept of Revelation in And from There You Shall Seek
Chapter Three Consciousness of the Deity (1): Mercy and Justice
Chapter Four Consciousness of the Deity (2): Tzimtzum
Chapter Five Consciousness of the Deity (3): Cognition
Chapter Six The Conscious Mechanism of Conjunction (1): Intellect and Matter
Chapter Seven The Conscious Mechanism of Conjunction (2): Prophecy and Tradition
Chapter Eight The Negation of Metaphysics: “Kol Dodi Dofek” and the Zionist Homilies
Chapter Nine Finitude and Suffering: Out of the Whirlwind
Chapter Ten Between Subject and Object: Essays on Family Relationships
Chapter Eleven Dialogue and Faith: The Lonely Man of Faith
All those who interested in intellectual history, modern philosophy, Neo-Kantianism, modern Jewish thought, and rabbinical thought.
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