Can one decide to follow for example the Rambam's more rational Hashkafic approach and then the Ramban for other Hashkafic ideas even though they clearly disagree?

I've heard that by practical Halacha one can't go round looking for 'kulas'- leniencies and effectively pick and choose the poskim he likes. I was wondering whether this extends to Hashkafa and therefore meaning one cannot go round choosing the ideas he likes from every Rishon and Acharon they find.

  • I'm not personally familiar with any obligation to pick a hashkafa in the first place. IMHO, building one on the basis of as much literature as possible is infinitely better than lifting one out of a book. And I think you'll find that's what both of the rishonim you've mentioned did as well.
    – Shimon bM
    Mar 20 '15 at 4:38
  • Ah... I wrote a 25 page article on this topic (but not to answer this question directly)... To condense it into a few words: it's a machlokes (or meta-machlokes, considering the question) Mar 20 '15 at 6:53
  • Having a Rebbe and a mesora very much factors into this. Mar 20 '15 at 8:22

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