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Jewish Educational Philosophy

What is Jewish educational philosophy? The adjective Jewish, like Christian, Hindu, or Muslim, is particular, suggesting a basis in or relevance to a particular ethnic or religious community and its traditions of thought and practice. Philosophy, on the other hand, is universal, suggesting a field of inquiry with universal applicability. So the term Jewish educational philosophy may seem as confused as “Jewish philosophy of physics.” But there are a number of defensible conceptions of the field, which can be thought of as distinct modes of Jewish educational philosophy.

First, some scholars pursue an excavation of the educational ideas within the Jewish literary and legal tradition. Second, somewhat more narrowly, scholars excavate those educational ideas from within the tradition of Jewish philosophy, in particular. Both of these ...

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