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The Place of Ethics in Medieval Jewish Philosophy—The Case of Saadia Gaon

The Place of Ethics in Medieval Jewish Philosophy—The Case of Saadia Gaon THE PLACE OF ETHICS IN MEDIEVAL JEWISH PHILOSOPHYTHE CASE OF SAADIA GAON1 Menachem Kellner Menahem Marc Kellner is a professor at Haifa University. He is the author of a number of significant studies on medieval Jewish philosophy, especially on Maimonides and Gersonides. Editor of Contemporary Jewish Ethics, he is author of Dogma in Medieval Jewish Thought, and most recently of Maimonides on Human Perfection. This study examines the place of ethics as a distinct discipline in medieval Jewish philosophy, using as an example the case of Saadia Gaon. Before I turn to the question itself, however, a considerable amount of preliminary discussion is necessary. This involves the definition of ethics as a philosophic discipline, as well as the question of the relation between ethics and religion in general and between ethics and Judaism in particular. This last, of course, raises the question of the relation between ethics and halakhah. In these areas I do not plan to settle any issues, only to raise them in order to explicate the problematic of Jewish ethics which forms the background against which medieval discussions must be seen. These matters having been described, it then makes sense to sketch in the historical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

The Place of Ethics in Medieval Jewish Philosophy—The Case of Saadia Gaon

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THE PLACE OF ETHICS IN MEDIEVAL JEWISH PHILOSOPHYTHE CASE OF SAADIA GAON1 Menachem Kellner Menahem Marc Kellner is a professor at Haifa University. He is the author of a number of significant studies on medieval Jewish philosophy, especially on Maimonides and Gersonides. Editor of Contemporary Jewish Ethics, he is author of Dogma in Medieval Jewish Thought, and most recently of Maimonides on Human Perfection. This study examines the place of ethics as a distinct discipline in medieval Jewish philosophy, using as an example the case of Saadia Gaon. Before I turn to the question itself, however, a considerable amount of preliminary discussion is necessary. This involves the definition of ethics as a philosophic discipline, as well as the question of the relation between ethics and religion in general and between ethics and Judaism in particular. This last, of course, raises the question of the relation between ethics and halakhah. In these areas I do not plan to settle any issues, only to raise them in order to explicate the problematic of Jewish ethics which forms the background against which medieval discussions must be seen. These matters having been described, it then makes sense to sketch in the historical

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1990

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