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FT-56091-08Research Programs: Summer StipendsJonathan A. JacobsLaw, Reason, and Morality in Medieval Jewish Thought5/1/2008 - 8/31/2008$6,000.00JonathanA.Jacobs   Colgate UniversityHamiltonNY13346-1338USA2008Philosophy, GeneralSummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

This book will be a study of medieval Jewish thought concerning the topics indicated in the title. I will explore the ways in which Jewish thinkers explicated ethical thought, given the Jewish intellectual tradition and Jewish law on the one hand, and Greek, Hellenistic, and the medieval philosophical and theological thought, on the other. The project will show how there is a distinct conception of the rationality of moral requirements in Jewish thought, and how it differs from theories of natural law and from conceptions of practical wisdom (as found, for example, in Aristotelian and Platonic thought). The discussion and analysis will connect numerous themes and issues in philosophy, religion, moral theorizing, and intellectual history in a way that has not yet been elaborated. It will do so in a way that includes historical study while also highlighting the relevance of the issues to important contemporary debates concerning religious thought and moral theorizing.