Maimonides' Political Thought: Studies in Ethics, Law, and the Human Ideal

Maimonides' Political Thought: Studies in Ethics, Law, and the Human Ideal

by Howard Kreisel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 079144189X

ISBN-13: 9780791441893

Pub. Date: 06/01/1999

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Examines Maimonides' political thought in light of his medieval Aristotelian and Jewish sources.

This book presents a series of studies that cover a wide range of issues relating to Maimonides’ political thought, including the basis for political and ethical knowledge; the notion of the “good”; imitatio Dei; apparent contradictions in his

Overview

Examines Maimonides' political thought in light of his medieval Aristotelian and Jewish sources.

This book presents a series of studies that cover a wide range of issues relating to Maimonides’ political thought, including the basis for political and ethical knowledge; the notion of the “good”; imitatio Dei; apparent contradictions in his position on ethics; the conception of God that he attempts to inculcate to Jewish society at large; and his novel approach to the love and fear of God. Taking into account his medieval Aristotelian and Jewish sources, these explorations also deal with some of the opposing considerations that Maimonides had to balance in developing and presenting his positions on such subjects as the nature of divine law, the static vs. dynamic dimensions of Mosaic law, prophetic and rabbinic authority within Judaism, the reasons for the commandments, and martyrdom. A close reading of the manner in which he formulates his views, in light of their literary and intellectual-historical contexts, allows us a better glimpse of how profound and subtle Maimonides is as a thinker and an educator.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791441893
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Series:
SUNY series in Jewish Philosophy Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Maimonides' Political Thought: Introductory Essay

2. The Practical Intellect

3. The Concept "Good"

4. Imitatio Dei

5. The Problem of Contradictions in Mainonides' Approach to Ethics

6. Intellectual Perfection, Knowledge of God, and the Role of the Law

7. The Love and Fear of God

Appendix: Synopsis of the Book

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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