Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Marc Shapiro & Dogma

One of the fundamental flaws behind Marc Shapiro's recent talk is that he presents a Straussian worldview without pointing out how since the 1970's the Straussian view has, by and large, been overturned by much more holistic readings of Maimonides. Notably his Rebbe, Prof. I. Twersky z"l was notable in his attempts to present unified readings of Maimonides.

Zen Warren Harvey spoke about this phenomenon at a BRGS lecture a few years ago.

There is more to be said on this topic, as well as the question of just who is Maimonides' Masses, and the role that Dogma does and should play in Judaism. I hope to pick up the thread later, but I am inviting comments on the matter in the meantime.

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