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:

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Some ways in which religious people can gain from living in a secular world are sketched. Passages from rabbinic texts, urging a combination of commitment to a divine teaching (“Torah”) with secular moral and cognitive practices (derekh eretz) are revisited. The ideal for which we strive here might be called a “worldly saint”; the biblical Abraham, and Kierkegaard’s knight of faith, are given as examples of that ideal. A passage from Kierkegaard, describing the knight of faith, closes the book.

Keywords: derekh eretz; worldly saint; Abraham; Kierkegaard; knight of faith

Chapter.  3077 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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