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Method and Metaphysics in Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed
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Method and Metaphysics in Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed

Daniel Davies

Abstract

Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed is one of the most discussed books in Jewish history. Since its appearance, many readers have advocated an “esoteric” reading of the Guide, professing to find a hidden message in Maimonides' metaphysical beliefs. Through close readings of the Guide, this book addresses the major debates surrounding its secret doctrine. It argues that perceived contradictions in Maimonides' accounts of creation and divine attributes can be squared by paying attention to the various ways in which he presents his arguments. Furthermore, by employing philosophical rigor, it show ... More

Keywords: Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed, Torah, metaphysics, creation, Islam, esotericism, contradictions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199768738
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768738.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Davies, author
Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University Library

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