ISBN-10:
0674021150
ISBN-13:
9780674021150
Pub. Date:
01/01/1962
Publisher:
Harvard
Philo: Foundations of Religious Philosophy in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Volume 2: Structure and Growth of Philosophical Systems from Plato to Spinoza / Edition 4

Philo: Foundations of Religious Philosophy in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Volume 2: Structure and Growth of Philosophical Systems from Plato to Spinoza / Edition 4

by Harry Austryn WolfsonHarry Austryn Wolfson

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Overview

In this authoritative study Professor Wolfson’s purpose is to trace the processes of reasoning by which Philo Judaeus of Alexandria arrived at his philosophic principles. These principles later became the common foundations of Jewish, Christian, and Moslem philosophy, and in the 17th century were made the target of attack by Spinoza. This comprehensive work will be indispensable to all serious students of Philo’s thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674021150
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1962
Pages: 548
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Harry Austryn Wolfson was Nathan Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy, Emeritus, Harvard University.

Table of Contents

  • 9. Knowledge and Prophecy

    • Sensation, Reason, and Prophecy
    • The Four Functions of Prophecy
    • The Three Types of Prophecy

      • Prophecy through the Divine Spirit
      • Prophecy by the Divine Voice
      • Prophecy through Angels
      • Differences between the Three Types of Prophecy


    • Prophetic Dreams
    • Conclusion, Influence, Anticipation


  • 10. Proofs of the Existence of God
  • 11. The Unknowability of God and Divine Predicates

    • Unity, Incorporeality, Simplicity
    • “Without Quality”—άποιοϛ
    • The Unnamability and Unknowability of God
    • Divine Properties
    • The Essence of the Created Powers
    • Conclusion, Influence, Anticipation


  • 12. Ethical Theory

    • “Under the Law” and “In Accordance with Nature”
    • Commandments and Virtues

      • Classification of Commandments and Virtues
      • Intellectual Virtues and Actions
      • Moral Virtues and Actions


    • The Virtue of the Control of Desire
    • Prayer, Repentance, and Study as Virtues

      • Prayer
      • Repentance
      • Study and Teaching
      • Deeds, Words, Intentions


    • The Definition of Virtue
    • The Reward of Virtue
    • Conclusion, Influence, Anticipation


  • 13. Political Theory

    • The Mosaic Constitution

      • King
      • High Priest
      • Judges and Officers
      • Council of Elders
      • The People: Native-born and Proselytes
      • Aliens, Resident Aliens, and Spiritual Proselytes


    • The Ideal Constitution
    • The Messianic Age
    • Conclusion, Influence, Anticipation


  • 14. What Is New in Philo?
  • Bibliographical Note
  • Abbreviations of Works Cited
  • Index of References

    • I. Philo
    • II. Greek and Latin Authors
    • III. Jewish Works and Authors
    • IV. Christian Works and Authors
    • V. Moslem Works and Authors


  • Index of Terms
  • Index of Subjects and Names

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