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Moses Maimonides : Routledge Jewish Studies - Oliver Leaman

Moses Maimonides

Routledge Jewish Studies

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Published: 10th October 1997
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Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) is recognized both as a leading figure in Jewish thought and as one of the most radical philosophers of the Islamic world. Most accounts of his thought are unduly obsessed with his Jewish background and fail to do justice to the part he played in the recreation of an important and intriguing set of arguments which have a relevance far beyond the historical context within which he worked. This book provides a clear and concise general introduction to his philosophy, exploring his arguments, especially those to be found in his Guide of the Perplexed, and examining their implications and validity. Oliver Leaman shows that Maimonides' arguments - on the immortality of the soul, the basis of morality, the creation of the world, the notion of prophecy, the concept of God - are related to his central account of the meaning of religious language, and ultimately to his theory of meaning itself. The discussion gives an insight into the rich cultural atmosphere of the Islamic world during Maimonides' time, and shows him to be the outstanding personality in the development of Islamic civilization. The study reveals the significance of Maimonides to contemporary philosophical and theological problems, and will be of great interest to philosophers, theologians, Islamicists, and medievalists.

Preface
Introduction
Abbreviations
The Cultural Backgroundp. 1
How Can We Talk About God?p. 18
Imagination and the Objectivity of Prophecyp. 39
How Did God Create the World?p. 65
The Assault on the Kalamp. 85
What Can God Know?p. 100
How Do We Know?p. 110
The Next Worldp. 115
Morality, Law, and Explanationp. 129
Persisting Problemsp. 162
Referencesp. 181
Select bibliographyp. 183
Additional bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9780700706761
ISBN-10: 0700706763
Series: Routledge Jewish Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 10th October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 13.46  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1