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The Negation Of Metaphysics And Of The Messianic Idea

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This chapter focuses on a negative description of Halakhic Man's cognition. Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik discusses the structure of cognitive Man's cognition according to Cohen's epistemic-mathematical idealism, as background and preparation for an understanding of halakhic cognition. He clarifies that halakhic cognition does not depend on the concrete datum and that, after encountering it, halakhic cognition develops intra- epistemic autonomous foundations. R. Soloveitchik discusses the relations of logic to ethics, aesthetics, and hermeneutics, that is, the transition from a description of ideal halakhic cognition to a discussion of the world of feelings and experiences, and of the moral, hermeneutical, and aesthetic values that cognition compels. In the description of the transition from logic to realms beyond cognition, he includes various signs of religious experience to create a connection between Halakhic Man and homo religious.

Keywords: Cohen's epistemic-mathematical idealism; Halakhic Man; homo religious; Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveitchik



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