The Priority of Theory

Daniel Rynhold

in Two Models of Jewish Philosophy

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199274864
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602450 | DOI:
The Priority of Theory

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It is argued that for all their differences, the naturalist models of both Maimonides and Soloveitchik share certain related assumptions about the nature of rationality and the relationship that subsequently holds between a theory and a practice. Defining and refining this view termed the priority of theory approach (PoT), with particular reference to Maimonides and Soloveitchik, is the task of this chapter. The PoT theorist takes a position described as weak foundationalism that emphasizes the importance of a set of discursive principles for the justification of any practice. Essentially for the normative PoT theorist, a necessary condition of the rationality of any practice is that it should be capable of being articulated in a set of principles to which it must therefore conform in order to be rational.

Keywords: foundation; justification; Maimonides; PoT; practice; principles; Soloveitchik; theory

Chapter.  14533 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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