Maimonides on the Origin of the World

Maimonides on the Origin of the World

by Kenneth Seeskin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521697522

ISBN-13: 9780521697521

Pub. Date: 08/28/2014

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Although Maimonides' discussion of creation is one of his greatest contributions - he himself claimed that belief in creation is second in importance only to belief in God - there is still considerable debate on what that contribution was. Kenneth Seeskin takes a close look at the problems Maimonides faced and the sources from which he drew. He argues that Maimonides…  See more details below

Overview

Although Maimonides' discussion of creation is one of his greatest contributions - he himself claimed that belief in creation is second in importance only to belief in God - there is still considerable debate on what that contribution was. Kenneth Seeskin takes a close look at the problems Maimonides faced and the sources from which he drew. He argues that Maimonides meant exactly what he said: the world was created by a free act of God, so the existence of everything other than God is contingent. In religious terms, existence is a gift. To reach this conclusion, Seeskin examines Maimonides' view of God, miracles, the limits of human knowledge, and the claims of astronomy to be a science. Clearly written and closely argued, Maimonides on the Origin of the World takes up questions of perennial interest.

About the Author:
Kenneth Seeskin, a Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521697521
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2014
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1God and the problem of origin6
2Creation in the Timaeus35
3Aristotle and the arguments for eternity60
4Plotinus and metaphysical causation96
5Particularity121
6Nature, miracles, and the end of the world154
7Aftermath and conclusion182

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