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I am looking for a contemporary book with Jewish philosophies and how it relates to other philosophies throughout history whether comparing or contrasting. Not comparative religion books but books from the Orthodox Jewish Perspective. For example the Guide for the Perplexed would be an example. Psychology is also welcomed. Does anyone know of any books that deals with this topic that is contemporary?

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The difficulty with answering the question is that "Jewish philosophy" was, for the most part, simply figuring out if non-Jewish philosophy was compatible or incompatible with Judaism. For example, in the Guide, Maimonides does not seem to disagree with Aristotle except in very certain cases, such as eternity of the world. Crescas, however, disagreed with Aristotle on most things. – user5488 May 27 '14 at 13:20
the Rambam's book does just that. – ray May 27 '14 at 18:14
@user5488 thanks just edited the question. – armoose May 28 '14 at 8:30
@IsaacMoses I assumed the question meant that when I wrote it. I apologize if it didnt. Either way I re-edited the question. Does that get it off hold? – armoose May 29 '14 at 7:32

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You can try looking into the Kuzari, it might be what you're looking for (the Kuzari and Rambam's Guide for the Perplexed are often compared as two of the classic texts on Jewish philosophy). I would recommend the Feldheim edition by Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin.

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Any academic or secular book (not written for a religious Jewish audience) will discuss Jewish philosophy from the perspective of the discipline of philosophy as a whole. You can start with this article on Jewish philosophy from the Jewish Virtual Library, which is pretty good, and go on to read books on specific areas of interest. For example, if you're looking for more on Medieval Jewish Philosophy, you should check out the Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Philosophy and the essays of Harry Wolfson, Zev Harvey, and the like.

As far as I know, there's no great book that goes through the entirety of Jewish philosophy as it relates to secular philosophy. There is "Jewish Philosophy: An Historical Introduction" by Norbert Samuelson, but its probably best for its "further reading" sections and doesn't go in to enough detail to actually compare Jewish and non-Jewish positions. The better option is to find a topic, or a time period, and look for books about that.

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Derech Emuna from the Tzemach Tzedek is that type of Sefer.

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