Maimonides and His Heritageby Idit Dobbs-Weinstein
Pub. Date: 01/08/2009
Publisher: State University of New York Press
This volume celebrates the depth and breadth of Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides’ (1138–1204) achievements. The essays gathered here explore the rich diversity of a heritage that extends over eight hundred years,/i>
Examines the Jewish philosopher’s influence on theology, philosophy, medicine, and law, and his impact on later thinkers.
This volume celebrates the depth and breadth of Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides’ (1138–1204) achievements. The essays gathered here explore the rich diversity of a heritage that extends over eight hundred years, beginning with Maimonides’ historical context; ranging through his distinct contributions to philosophy, theology, medicine, and Jewish law; to the impact his ideas have had on later generations. His humane perspective and commitment to intellectual rigor are reflected in the wide range of his works and his active role as a spiritual guide and intellectual leader. Maimonides’ intellectual openness makes his work an enduring model of creative synthesis and critical appropriation, as well as a continuing source of intellectual stimulation not only for the many specialist scholars who scrutinize his texts but also for a wide and lively audience of nonspecialists.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1. Maimonides as Biblical Exegete
2. Philosophical Themes in Maimonides’ Sefer Ahavah
3. Maimonides on Joy
4. Maimonides’ Psychology
Alfred L. Ivry
5. Bahya and Maimonides on the Worth of Medicine
Lenn E. Goodman
6. The Ambiguity of the Imagination and the Ambivalence of Language in Maimonides and Spinoza
7. The Philosophical Mysticism of Maimonides and Maimon
8. Persecution and the Art of Representation: Schocken’s Maimonides Anthologies of the 1930s
9. Maimonides in the Crucible of Zionism: Reflections on Yeshayahu Leibowitz’s Negative Theology
10. Can We Be Maimonideans Today?
List of Contributors
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