This article innovatively uses the principles of truth tests and the logic of the philosophy of education as a tool for spelling out the philosophy of Jewish law. The five tests for verifying a claim are: i. the test of correspondence, 2. the test of unity (coherence), 3. the test of utility (pragmatism), 4. the test of simplicity or elegance, and 5. the test of clarity. In the last part of the article we shall see that if we focus on the philosophic context of the discussion and take the comparison between the verification tests and types of halakhic thought to their logical conclusions in the analytical and critical context, we shall find that this comparison not only illustrates the links between the philosophic and halakhic discourses but also points to the difficulties and possible defects of the various halakhic models articulated in the article.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||34|
|Journal||Hebrew Union College Annual|
|State||Published - 2007|