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The Many Faces of Maimonides

Dov Schwartz (author) Batya Stein (Translated by)

ISBN: 9781618119063

Publication Date: Mar 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Offers a new reading of Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed. In particular, this book explores how Maimonides' commitment to integrity led him to a critique of the Kalm, to a complex concept of immortality, and to insight into the human yearning for metaphysical knowledge.
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This volume offers a new reading of Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed. In particular, it explores how Maimonides' commitment to integrity led him to a critique of the Kalm, to a complex concept of immortality, and to insight into the human yearning for metaphysical knowledge. Maimonides' search for objective truth is also analyzed in its connection with the scientific writings of his time, which neither the Kalm nor the Jewish philosophical tradition that preceded him had endorsed.

Through a careful analysis of these issues, this book seeks to contribute to the understanding of the modes of thought adopted in The Guide of the Perplexed, including the "philosophical theologian" model of Maimonides' own design, and to the knowledge of its sources.
Pages 200
Dimensions 234 x 156
Date Published 30 Mar 2019
Publisher Academic Studies Press
Series Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
Subject/s Philosophy of religion   Jewish studies   Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600   Judaism   Judaism: theology  
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Passion for Metaphysics
  • 2. The Separate Intellects
  • 3. Astral Magic and the Law
  • 4. Idolatry as Mediation
  • 5. Immortality and Imagination
  • 6. Maimonides: A Philosophical Theologian
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Dov Schwartz, a former Dean of Humanities at Bar Ilan University and head of the departments of Philosophy and of Music, currently heads its interdisciplinary unit, and holds the Natalie and Isidore Friedman Chair for Teaching Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik's Thought.

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