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Judaism - The Philosophy
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Part of Judaism:

1. Judaism from Ezra to A.D. 70

2. Origin and History

3. The Religion

4. The Philosophy

1. Introduction. There is no Jewish philosophy as such. There are only Jewish philosophies. All of the emphases and modulations of Western philosophy — Greek, Hellenistic, Christian scholasticism and Moslem rationalism and skepticism, German idealism, and contemporary existentialism have been registered within Jewish thought.

The Jewish people did not begin to philosophize because of an irresistible inner compulsion to do so. Rather it may be argued that …

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Arthur A. Cohen, “Judaism - The Philosophy”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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