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Joel L. Kraemer

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780197100714

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780197100714.001.0001

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Maimonides on the Philosophic Sciences in his Treatise on the Art of Logic

Maimonides on the Philosophic Sciences in his Treatise on the Art of Logic

(p.77) 4 Maimonides on the Philosophic Sciences in his Treatise on the Art of Logic
Perspectives on Maimonides

Joel L. Kraemer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Maimonides’ Treatise on the Art of Logic, which was written in his youth and may be considered to be his only purely philosophic work. The treatise was not written for a philosopher, nor was it composed to clarify philosophic issues, but rather to explain the terminology used by logicians. In the course of his résumé in the final chapter of the treatise, Maimonides moves from a treatment of logical terms to a brief survey of the philosophic sciences. He gets into this by way of defining the term falsafa, or ‘philosophy’. This brief survey of the sciences includes Maimonides’ well-known ‘statement on political science’. The chapter then studies Chapter 14 of the Treatise on the Art of Logic, focusing on the section on political science. It also considers the implications of this reading of the text for understanding Maimonides’ conception of the civil and religious law and the question of the allegedly political function of the latter.

Keywords:   Maimonides, Treatise on the Art of Logic, logical terms, philosophic sciences, philosophy, political science, civil law, religious law

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