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The Guide for the Perplexed (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
     

The Guide for the Perplexed (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Moses Maimonides
 

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The Guide for the Perplexed is the literary masterpiece of Moses Maimonides, perhaps the greatest Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages if not all time. The work’s historical importance is insured merely by the fact that it was the primary conduit through which the rationalism of Aristotle’s philosophy was transmitted from medieval Arabic high culture

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The Guide for the Perplexed is the literary masterpiece of Moses Maimonides, perhaps the greatest Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages if not all time. The work’s historical importance is insured merely by the fact that it was the primary conduit through which the rationalism of Aristotle’s philosophy was transmitted from medieval Arabic high culture to Christian theologians such as Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas. In this way Aristotle was reintroduced into the Western culture to which he has been lost for almost a millennium, and it was through the rediscovery of Aristotle that the first seeds of Renaissance humanism and early modern scientific optimism were sown. But the historical, philosophical, and spiritual importance of The Guide for the Perplexed is so extensive and diverse as to be nearly immeasurable. It is one of the rare perfect jewels of world spiritual literature, a profound and timeless statement of man’s relation to himself, to God, and to society. Yet it is simultaneously, as Maimonides acknowledges in his introduction, an intellectual labyrinth, permeated by contradiction. It offers modern readers, like their medieval predecessors, a stiff challenge: do you have the tenacity to penetrate the interrelated paradoxes of The Guide for the Perplexed, the mind, and the universe in order to join the fortunate few who have glimpsed the ultimate truths of existence?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411428645
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
350,306
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Maimonides lived an eventful life in a time of widespread upheaval. Born Moses ben Maimon in Cordova, Spain, in AD 1135 to a distinguished local rabbi and his scandalously lower-class wife, he ultimately left his homeland, due to oppression, and began a journey, punctuated by temporary residencies in Morocco, Palestine, and Alexandria, that would end in Egypt. Maimonides became widely regarded as a legendary figure during his lifetime.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a work of genius. However, this edition was poorly scanned. Parts are illegible. This is a public domaine version' which BN has chosen to charge a small fee for. Even with a small fee, this quality is unacceptable. Buy the book, definately, but get a better edition