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Law, Reason, and Morality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy
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Law, Reason, and Morality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy: Sadia Gaon, Bahya ibn Pakuda, and Moses Maimonides

Jonathan Jacobs


This is a study of the key features of the moral psychology and metaethics of three important medieval Jewish philosophers, Saadia Gaon, Bahya ibn Pakuda, and Moses Maimonides. They are selected because of the depth and subtlety of their thought and because of their relevance to central, enduring issues in moral philosophy. The book examines their views of freedom of the will, the virtues, the rationality of moral requirements, and the relation between rational justification and revelation. Their appropriations of Neoplatonic and Aristotelian thought are explicated, showing how their theistic ... More

Keywords: Aristotelianism, moral epistemology, moral psychology, natural law, Neoplatonism, practical wisdom, rationalism, realism, reasons of the commandments, theism, Torah, voluntarism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Jacobs, author
The Richard J. and Jean Head Professor of Philosophy, Colgate University, New York
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