A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

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"To write a history of mediaeval Jewish rationalistic philosophy in one volume -- a history that will appeal alike to the scholar and the intelligent nontechnical reader" was the objective of this distinguished Jewish scholar of philosophy. The successful achievement of his ambition lies within these pages, through which countless readers have approached the complexities of medieval Jewish thought. Isaac Husik's enlightening study presents a concise summary of the reasoning of the major medieval Jewish philosophers, elucidating their
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"To write a history of mediaeval Jewish rationalistic philosophy in one volume -- a history that will appeal alike to the scholar and the intelligent nontechnical reader" was the objective of this distinguished Jewish scholar of philosophy. The successful achievement of his ambition lies within these pages, through which countless readers have approached the complexities of medieval Jewish thought. Isaac Husik's enlightening study presents a concise summary of the reasoning of the major medieval Jewish philosophers, elucidating their distinguishing characteristics and tracing their influence on the formation of Judaism as a religion and as a theological and ethical system. In addition to the well-known Moses Maimonides, Husik examines the philosophical works of Isaac Israeli, Judah Halevi, Abraham Ibn Daud, Hillel ben Samuel, Levi ben Gerson, Joseph Albo, and others. His consistently clear presentations of the philosophers' main arguments and teachings extend beyond a mere summary to analyses that offer commentary on the validity of a given argument, its degree of originality, and the author's sources. Firmly based on the original texts, these accounts are of particular value to novices not yet familiar with the source materials as well as to those seeking to augment their studies. Even the most learned readers will find the author's analyses and commentaries an ever-relevant resource for many issues of contemporary scholarly debate.
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This work was first published in 1916, and it was reissued with a supplementary bibliography in 1941. Steven Harvey of Bar-Ilan University, Israel provides a preface to this edition (which is a reprint of the 1941 edition), discussing how Husik's analyses of major medieval Jewish philosophical thinkers still hold value today despite the abundance of scholarship that has appeared since he did his work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781445544861
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 514
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction xiii
I. Isaac Israeli 1
II. David ben Merwan Al Mukammas 17
III. Saadia ben Joseph Al-Fayyumi 23
IV. Joseph Al-Basir and Jeshua ben Judah 48
V. Solomon Ibn Gabirol 59
VI. Bahya Ibn Pakuda 80
VII. Pseudo-Bahya 106
VIII. Abraham Bar Hiyya 114
IX. Joseph Ibn Zaddik 125
X. Judah Halevi 150
XI. Moses and Abraham Ibn Ezra 184
XII. Abraham Ibn Daud 197
XIII. Moses Maimonides 236
XIV. Hillel ben Samuel 312
XV. Levi ben Gerson 328
XVI. Aaron ben Elijah of Nicomedia 362
XVII. Hasdai ben Abraham Crescas 388
XVIII. Joseph Albo 406
Conclusion 428
Bibliography 433
Notes 443
List of Biblical and Rabbinic Passages 453
Index 455
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