Judaism, Human Rights, and Human Values

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Following on the heels of his critically acclaimed God of Abraham (Oxford, 1996), Lenn E. Goodman here focuses on rights, their grounding in the deserts of beings, and the dignity of persons. In an incisive contemporary dialogue between reason and revelation, Goodman argues for ethical standards and public policies that respect human rights and support the preservation of all beings: animals, plants, econiches, species, habitats, and the monuments of nature and culture. Immersed in the Jewish and philosophical ...

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Following on the heels of his critically acclaimed God of Abraham (Oxford, 1996), Lenn E. Goodman here focuses on rights, their grounding in the deserts of beings, and the dignity of persons. In an incisive contemporary dialogue between reason and revelation, Goodman argues for ethical standards and public policies that respect human rights and support the preservation of all beings: animals, plants, econiches, species, habitats, and the monuments of nature and culture. Immersed in the Jewish and philosophical sources, Goodmans argument ranges from the fetus in the womb to the modern nation state, from the problems of pornography and tobacco advertising to the rights of parents and children, individuals and communities, the powerful and powerless—the most ancient and the most immediate problems of human life and moral responsibility. Guided by the probing argumentation that Goodman lays out with distinctive, often poetic clarity, the reader will emerge enlightened and prepared to respond with intelligence and commitment to the sobering moral challenges of the coming century. This is a book for anyone concerned with law, ethics, and the human prospect.

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"Goodman is one of the leading contemporary Jewish philosophers....[he] is highly successful in his attempt to demonstrate how certain classical Jewish ideas and current philosophical thinking can be brought into productive dialogue with each other in such a way as to shed some much-needed light on a variety of pressing contemporary problems."—Choice

"Goodman is one of the leading contemporary Jewish philosophers....[he] is highly successful in his attempt to demonstrate how certain classical Jewish ideas and current philosophical thinking can be brought into productive dialogue with each other in such a way as to shed some much-needed light on a variety of pressing contemporary problems."—Choice

"Goodman has written a judicious account of liberal Jewish political philosophy that draws from a wide array of sources to support a theory of deserts that is both metaphysical and ontological....This ambitious book is an elegant plea for public discussion on "who it is that we think we are."—Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195118346
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1 The Idea of Deserts 3
2 Judaism and Human Rights 49
3 Abortion and the Emergence of Life 79
4 On Liberty Reconsidered 98
5 The Rights and Wrongs of Nations 137
Notes 162
Bibliography 181
Index of Citations 185
General Index 192
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