According to the teaching of Rabbi David Cohen, known as the Nazir, Jewish literature is unique in its formal mode of thinking, which is characterized by analogical and inductive reasoning processes. Thus its content is of secondary importance in relation to its underlying characteristic logic. This paper attempts to introduce this unique system by examining several hitherto unpublished texts. The major elements considered in this respect are: (a) The halakhic exegetic principles — the Middot of Hillel, Rabbi Yishmael, and so forth — as the sources of analogical and inductive logic, (b) Discarding the Law of Contradiction, the basic premise of Western logic, (c) Supplementing syllogistic logic with a complementary system of logic.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Unique Logic of Jewish Literature according to the Nazir (Rabbi David Cohen)|
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Daat: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy & Kabbalah|
|State||Published - 1991|
- Jewish philosophy
- כהן, דוד בן יוסף ("הנזיר") -- 1887-1972
- פילוסופיה יהודית