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The First Paradigm Of Homo Religiosus: Maimonides

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Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik makes a far more complex typological move, applying the combination of cognitive man and homo religious to concrete figures, even before embarking into a deep analysis of Halakhic Man himself. After offering a theoretical description of the second type of homo religious, who combines religion and cognition, he proceeds to describe actual historical figures. This chapter focuses on Maimonides as a pure type of homo religious. R. Soloveitchik claims that the aim of philosophy of religion is to track the subjective dimension ("the spirit", thought, and consciousness) underlying the objective one (religious norms and deeds). The philosophy of religion traces the subjectivization process of religion's objective dimension. R. Soloveitchik enters into an extensive discussion of Maimonides as homo religious (11-12) based on the commandment to know God as well as on the negative attributes doctrine, he prepares the ground through a preliminary footnote.

Keywords: God; Halakhic Man; homo religious; Maimonides; Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik



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