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The Cambridge Companion to Maimonides

The Cambridge Companion to Maimonides


Part of Cambridge Companions to Philosophy

Joel l. Kraemer, Alfred L. Ivry, Josef Stern, Gad Freudenthal, David Shatz, Haim Kreisel, David Novak, Sara Klein-Braslavy, Menachem Kellner, Aviezer Ravitsky, Seymour Feldman
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  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521819749

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  • One aim of this series is to dispel the intimidation readers feel when faced with the work of difficult and challenging thinkers. Moses ben Maimon, also known as Maimonides (1138–1204), represents the high point of Jewish rationalism in the middle ages. He played a pivotal role in the transition of philosophy from the Islamic East to the Christian West. His greatest philosophical work, The Guide of the Perplexed, had a decisive impact on all subsequent Jewish thought and is still the subject of intense scholarly debate. An enigmatic figure, Maimonides continues to defy simple attempts at classification. The twelve essays in this volume offer a lucid and comprehensive treatment of his life and thought. They cover the sources on which Maimonides drew, his contributions to philosophy, theology, jurisprudence, and Bible commentary, as well as his esoteric writing style and influence on later thinkers.

    • Shows the depth and breadth of Maimonides' philosophical thought
    • Clarity of writing with a minimal use of technical terms
    • Honesty of treatment: there is no attempt to cover up problems or ignore internal tensions
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    'Kenneth Seeskin has assembled a distinguished team … [a] stimulating assembly.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521819749
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Moses Maimonides: an intellectual portrait Joel Kraemer
    2. The Guide and Maimonides' philosophical sources Alfred L. Ivry
    3. Metaphysics and its transcendence Kenneth Seeskin
    4. Maimonides' epistemology Josef Stern
    5. Maimonides' philosophy of sciences Gad Freudenthal
    6. Maimonides' moral theory David Shatz
    7. Maimonides' political philosophy Haim Kreisel
    8. Jurisprudence David Novak
    9. Bible commentary Sara Klein-Braslavy
    10. Spiritual life Menachem Kellner
    11. Maimonides' esotericism and educational philosophy Aviezer Ravitsky
    12. Maimonides: a guide for posterity Seymour Feldman.

  • Author

    Kenneth Seeskin, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Kenneth Seeskin is a Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University and winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award. He is the author of Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age, Maimonides: A Guide for Today's Perplexed, No Other Gods: The Modern Struggle Against Idolatry, Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides, and Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy.


    Joel l. Kraemer, Alfred L. Ivry, Josef Stern, Gad Freudenthal, David Shatz, Haim Kreisel, David Novak, Sara Klein-Braslavy, Menachem Kellner, Aviezer Ravitsky, Seymour Feldman

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