Problems with Principles

Daniel Rynhold

in Two Models of Jewish Philosophy

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199274864
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602450 | DOI:
Problems with Principles

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Develops an anti-theory objection from uncodifiability, which questions the central assumption of the PoT theorist—that we can codify a practice in a set of principles—in order to argue that the PoT approach is unsuited to the justification of practices. Despite the project of codification of the halakhah in Judaism, it is argued that while Halakhic principles might have pragmatic uses, even here there is a degree of scepticism towards codification. In the latter part of the chapter, an alternative functional approach to the analysis of the nature of justification is presented. Here, we begin by asking what the function of justification is for us, and then ask what a concept providing that function would be like. The function of a practical justification is then argued to be the production of a reasoned confidence in one's practice.

Keywords: Halakhah; justification; PoT; practice; principles; Soloveitchik; theory; uncodifiability

Chapter.  16263 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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