The end of man

Philosophical consummation in Jewish meditative tradition

Authored by: Tomer Persico

Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Meditation

Print publication date:  May  2022
Online publication date:  May  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367647469
eBook ISBN: 9781003127253
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Any analysis of the relation between meditation and philosophy in the Jewish tradition must begin with a distinction between ancient and modern philosophy. Thus, first noting the significance this differentiation holds for our understanding of meditation, this chapter shall then examine two of the clearest examples of a convergence between a philosophy and a meditative practice in the Jewish tradition – that found in the work of Maimonides, and that found in the lore of the Lubavitch Hasidic court (aka Chabad) – underlining the importance of meditative practice in the eyes of these thinkers for philosophical understanding. The chapter ends with a note on the contemporary Jewish meditative and philosophical scene.

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