Chapter

Introduction

Samuel Fleischacker

in Divine Teaching and the Way of the World

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199217366
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217366.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction links the project of the book to themes in both rabbinic writings and certain figures of the Enlightenment: Gotthold Lessing and Immanuel Kant, especially. It clarifies the rabbinic notion of the way of the world (derekh eretz), and the Enlightenment distinction between natural and revealed religion, defining the goal of the book as an attempt to show how revealed religion is compatible with the liberal mode of belief that the Enlightenment associated only with natural religion. It then outlines the argument of the book, notes that the secular/religious divide the book defends has antecedents in pre-modern traditions, and explains the (limited) extent to which this is a Jewish book.

Keywords: derekh eretz; Lessing; Kant; natural religion; revealed religion; Judaism; modernity

Chapter.  10521 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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