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Homo Religiosus: Between Religion And Cognition

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Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik hints a link between the cognition of the scientist and that of Halakhic Man. In his view, the scientific attitude of cognitive man is relevant at the normative level as well, as evident from his reliance on traditional formulations. He further focuses on dialecticepistemic aspects in the personality of homo religious. The claim that the criteria of Cohen's thought are not relevant to homo religious and his phenomenological approach is discussed in detail in this chapter. The chapter exposes the intricate structure of the consciousness of homo religious in general, concentrating on the process and the method of exposure. The attitude to homo religious thus determines the esoteric writing style that R. Soloveitchik adopts. The cognitive structure of Halakhic Man leaves no room whatsoever for homo religious, who is perceived as a risk to be attacked and eliminated.

Keywords: cognitive man; esoteric writing style; Halakhic Man; homo religious; Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik



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