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The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy
From Antiquity through the Seventeenth Century

Volume 1

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Ari Ackerman, Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Seymour Feldman, Resianne Fontaine, Daniel H. Frank, Carlos Fraenkel, Gad Freudenthal, Lenn E. Goodman, Barry S. Kogan, Howard Kreisel, Charles H. Manekin, Abraham Melamed, Steven Nadler, Sarah Pessin, James T. Robinson, T. M. Rudavsky, Norbert M. Samuelson, Kenneth Seeskin, Josef Stern, Sarah Stroumsa, Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Mauro Zonta
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  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521843232

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  • The first volume in this comprehensive work is an exploration of the history of Jewish philosophy from its beginnings in antiquity to the early modern period, with a particular emphasis on medieval Jewish thought. Unlike most histories, encyclopedias, guides, or companions of Jewish philosophy, this volume is organized by philosophical topic rather than by chronology or individual figures. There are sections on logic and language; natural philosophy; epistemology, philosophy of mind, and psychology; metaphysics and philosophical theology; and practical philosophy. There are also chapters on the intellectual background of Jewish philosophy, including Islamic and Greek thought and the Jewish philosophical textual traditions. With essays by leading scholars in the field, this volume provides the reader with a wonderful overview of the richness and sophistication of Jewish philosophy in its golden age.

    • Never-before-published essays by leading scholars
    • Organized by philosophical topic rather than chronology or individual figures
    • Fills an important gap in Cambridge's prominent histories of philosophy
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    "This excellent collection of essays by 23 leading scholars explores the history of Jewish philosophy from antiquity (Philo) to the early modern period (Spinoza). Emphasis is on the golden age of medieval Jewish thought, with its interplay within rabbinic textual traditions and in the context of its intellectual background of Greek and Arabic thought. Distinguishing it from similar guides is its thematic orientation organized according to philsophic categories, e.g., metaphysics, epistemology, and political philosophy...Highly recommended."
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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521843232
    • length: 916 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.36kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Steven Nadler and T. M. Rudavsky
    Part I. Texts and Contexts:
    1. The Greek background Kenneth Seeskin
    2. The Muslim context Sarah Stroumsa
    3. Textual traditions Mauro Zonta
    4. Philosophical interpretations of the Bible Howard Kreisel
    5. Mysticism and philosophy Micah Gottlieb
    Part II. Logic and Language:
    6. Proposition and judgment Charles H. Manekin
    7. Reasoning and demonstration Norbert M. Samuelson
    8. Meaning and language Josef Stern
    Part III. Natural Philosophy:
    9. Matter, form, and the corporeal world Sarah Pessin
    10. Cosmology: the heavenly bodies Gad Freudenthal
    11. Miracles Ari Ackerman
    12. Time, space, and infinity T. M. Rudavsky
    13. Exhalations and other meteorological themes Resianne Fontaine
    Part IV. Epistemology and Psychology:
    14. Belief, knowledge, and certainty Idit Dobbs-Weinstein
    15. Understanding prophecy: four traditions Barry S. Kogan
    16. Intellect and soul James T. Robinson
    Part V. Metaphysics and Philosophical Theology:
    17. God's existence and attributes Carlos Fraenkel
    18. Creation and emanation Lenn E. Goodman
    19. Theodicy and providence Steven Nadler
    20. Divine omnipotence, omniscience, and human freedom Seymour Feldman
    Part VI. Practical Philosophy:
    21. Virtue and happiness Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
    22. Politics and the state Abraham Melamed
    23. Divine law and human practices Daniel H. Frank.

  • Editors

    Steven Nadler, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Steven Nadler is William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Max and Frieda Weinstein/Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is author of Spinoza's Ethics: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Rembrandt's Jews (2003), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Spinoza's Heresy: Immortality and the Jewish Mind (2002); and Spinoza: A Life (Cambridge University Press, 1999), which won the Koret Jewish Book Award.

    T. M. Rudavsky, Ohio State University
    T. M. Rudavsky is Professor of Philosophy at The Ohio State University. She is author of Time Matters: Time and Cosmology in Medieval Jewish Philosophy (2000). She is editor of Divine Omniscience and Omnipotence in Medieval Philosophy: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Perspectives (1984) and Gender and Judaism: Tradition and Transformation (1995). Until June 2006, she was Director of the OSU Melton Center for Jewish Studies.

    Contributors

    Ari Ackerman, Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Seymour Feldman, Resianne Fontaine, Daniel H. Frank, Carlos Fraenkel, Gad Freudenthal, Lenn E. Goodman, Barry S. Kogan, Howard Kreisel, Charles H. Manekin, Abraham Melamed, Steven Nadler, Sarah Pessin, James T. Robinson, T. M. Rudavsky, Norbert M. Samuelson, Kenneth Seeskin, Josef Stern, Sarah Stroumsa, Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Mauro Zonta

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