Human Nature & Jewish Thought: Judaism's Case for Why by Alan L. Mittleman

By Alan L. Mittleman

This ebook explores one of many nice questions of our time: How do we shield our experience of what it potential to be somebody whereas whilst accepting what technological know-how tells us to be true—namely, that human nature is continuing with the remainder of nature? What, in different phrases, does it suggest to be someone in a global of items? Alan Mittleman indicates how the Jewish culture presents wealthy methods of figuring out human nature and personhood that guard human dignity and contrast in an international of neuroscience, evolutionary biology, biotechnology, and pervasive scientism. those historical assets can communicate to Jewish, non-Jewish, and secular readers alike.

Science may possibly let us know what we're, Mittleman says, however it can't let us know who we're, how we should always reside, or why we subject. conventional Jewish notion, in open-minded discussion with modern clinical views, may help us resolution those questions. Mittleman indicates how, utilizing resources ranging around the Jewish culture, from the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud to greater than a millennium of Jewish philosophy. one of several matters the ebook addresses are sexuality, beginning and loss of life, violence and evil, ethical organisation, and politics and economics. all through, Mittleman demonstrates how Jewish culture brings new views to—and demanding situations many present assumptions about—these primary points of human nature.

A research of human nature in Jewish concept and an unique contribution to Jewish philosophy, it is a publication for a person drawn to what it capability to be human in a systematic age.

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