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Maimonides the Rationalist

Herbert A. Davidson

Abstract

Maimonides was not the first rabbinic scholar to take an interest in philosophy, but he was unique in being a towering figure in both areas. His law code, the Mishneh torah, stands as one of the two most intensely studied rabbinic works coming out of the Middle Ages, while his Guide of the Perplexed is the most influential and widely read Jewish philosophical work ever written. Admirers and critics have arrived at wildly divergent perceptions of the man. We have Maimonides the atheist or agnostic, Maimonides the sceptic, Maimonides the deist, Maimonides the Aristotelian, the Averroist, or prot ... More

Keywords: Maimonides, Babylonian Talmud, Mishneh torah, Guide of the Perplexed, Jewish philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781904113584
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113584.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herbert A. Davidson, author