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Spinoza and Medieval Jewish Philosophy

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Steven Nadler, Jacob Adler, Charles Manekin, T. M. Rudavsky, Steven Frankel, Warren Zev Harvey, Kenneth Seeskin, Heidi Ravven, Julie R. Klein, Yitzhak Y. Melamed
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  • Date Published: December 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107037861

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  • Over the last two decades there has been an increasing interest in the influence of medieval Jewish thought upon Spinoza's philosophy. The essays in this volume, by Spinoza specialists and leading scholars in the field of medieval Jewish philosophy, consider the various dimensions of the rich, important, but vastly under-studied relationship between Spinoza and earlier Jewish thinkers. It is the first such collection in any language, and together the essays provide a detailed and extensive analysis of how different elements in Spinoza's metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy, and political and religious thought relate to the views of his Jewish philosophical forebears, such as Maimonides, Gersonides, Ibn Ezra, Crescas, and others. The topics addressed include the immortality of the soul, the nature of God, the intellectual love of God, moral luck, the nature of happiness, determinism and free will, the interpretation of Scripture, and the politics of religion.

    • The first essay collection to offer a serious examination of the relationship between Spinoza's thought and earlier Jewish philosophy
    • Contributors are leading scholars in the fields of medieval Jewish philosophy and Spinoza studies
    • Has relevance for a range of fields, including philosophy, Jewish studies and medieval studies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is a book which will obviously interest students of Spinoza, but it also represents a valuable scholarly contribution to the study of Jewish philosophy's greatest figure, Moses Maimonides."
    Menachem Kellner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    "This is a solid collection of essays. It is as important for what it forces one to understand about how to do philosophy in a historically interesting and revisionist way, as it is in presenting Spinoza both as a spoiler of what preceded him and as a foundational figure for what followed in his train."
    Daniel Frank, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107037861
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Steven Nadler
    1. Mortality of the soul from Alexander of Aphrodisias to Spinoza Jacob Adler
    2. Spinoza and the determinist tradition in medieval Jewish philosophy Charles Manekin
    3. The science of scripture: Abraham Ibn Ezra and Spinoza on biblical hermeneutics T. M. Rudavsky
    4. Spinoza's rejection of Maimonideanism Steven Frankel
    5. Ishq, Hesheq, and Amor Dei Intellectualis Warren Zev Harvey
    6. Monotheism at bay: the gods of Maimonides and Spinoza Kenneth Seeskin
    7. Moral agency without free will: Spinoza's naturalizing of moral psychology in a Maimonidean key Heidi Ravven
    8. Virtue, reason, and moral luck: Maimonides, Gersonides, Spinoza Steven Nadler
    9. 'Something of it remains': Spinoza and Gersonides on intellectual eternity Julie R. Klein
    10. Hasdai Crescas and Spinoza on actual infinity and the infinity of God's attributes Yitzhak Y. Melamed.

  • Editor

    Steven Nadler, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is also a faculty member of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies. His previous publications include Spinoza: A Life (Cambridge, 2001), Rembrandt's Jews (2003), Spinoza's 'Ethics': An Introduction (Cambridge, 2006), Volume 1 of The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy (co-edited with T. M. Rudavsky, Cambridge, 2009) and A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age (2011).

    Contributors

    Steven Nadler, Jacob Adler, Charles Manekin, T. M. Rudavsky, Steven Frankel, Warren Zev Harvey, Kenneth Seeskin, Heidi Ravven, Julie R. Klein, Yitzhak Y. Melamed

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