Maimonides and His Heritage available in Hardcover
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- State University of New York Press
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.
About the Author
Idit Dobbs-Weinstein is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and the author of Maimonides and St. Thomas on the Limits of Reason, also published by SUNY Press.
Lenn E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. He is the author or editor of many books, including Aristotle’s Politics Today (coedited with Robert B. Talisse); Jewish Themes in Spinoza’s Philosophy (coedited with Heidi M. Ravven); and Neoplatonism and Jewish Thought, all published by SUNY Press.
James Allen Grady is a PhD candidate in Philosophy and Graduate Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture at Vanderbilt University.
Table of Contents
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