From my upcoming article, "Malbim’s Paean to (Ben Azzai’s) Kantian Ethics"
Understanding Jewish tradition in complete isolation from other thinkers is not only artificial, it is detrimental to the respect we should have for all those who try to advance the human condition. Moreover, it can – and frequently does – backfire into a situation where Jews critical of their own heritage lose the respect they should have for a tradition that has dealt profoundly with many of the same issues discussed by the great philosophers and thinkers of the outside world.
Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein,
THE HUMAN AND SOCIAL FACTOR IN HALAKHA
A talmid hakham needs to examine himself and his situation candidly, to ascertain that whatever cultural forces, possibly unknown to predecessors, he confronts and perhaps absorbs, are filtered through the prism of his Torah personality and do not simply seep through the pores of his semi-conscious being... As the body rejects certain grafts, so the soul; and the nobler the soul, the more selective its system.
Rav Kook, "The Doctrine of Evolution" (Orot haKodesh, III, p. 555)
The doctrine of evolution ... is more similar to the ..Kabbalah than all other philosophies.
Evolution, which proceeds on a course of improvement offers us the basis of optimism in the world.... In probing the inner meaning of evolution toward an improved state, we find here an explanation of the divine concepts with absolute clarity. It is precisely the Ein Sof in action that manages to bring to realization the infinite potentiality.