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Alan Mittleman

Professor of Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. His most recent book is "A Short History of Jewish Ethics" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).




Theorizing Jewish Ethics

Issue: 3:2 (The tenth issue)
The concept of Jewish ethics is elusive. Law occupies a prominent place in the phenomenology of traditional Judaism. What room is left for ethics? This paper argues that the dichotomy between law and ethics, with regard to Judaism, is misleading. The fixity of these categories presumes too much, both about normativity per se and about Judaism. Rather than naming categories “law” and “ethics” should be seen as contrastive terms that play a role in fundamental arguments about how to characterize Judaism.