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From the Publisher"This is an excellent piece of work, easily up to the usual high standard of the author's output. The topic is a very controversial one in Jewish philosophy...so it is a major point of interest in the area. What Seeskin does well is run through the whole philosophical background to the issue in Maimonides, in so far as it it impinged on him, and this is very useful. The discussion of the whole context within which Maimonides produced his views is uniformly rigorous, balanced, and enlightening."
-Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky
"...a brilliant book."
"Seeskin's book is a solid contribution to the growing literature on the greatest of the medieval Jewish thinkers . . . "
-Daniel H. Frank, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"This is a lucid, learned, and valuable contribution to Maimonidean scholarship and a particularly useful book for teaching Maimonides to advance undergraduate and graduate students...Seeskin's recuperation of a more traditional Maimonides for whom divine will transcends divine wisdom has the double advantage of being interpretatively convincing while also bearing the promise of a Maimonidean phenomenology of creation as gift."
-Michael Fagenblat, Monash University, Journal of Medieval Studies
"...a forceful, learned and articulate presentation of the issue." —Alfred L. Ivry, New York University: Philosophy in Review