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An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Hardback)

Daniel Rynhold

Edité par I.B.Tauris Co Ltd., United Kingdom, 2009
ISBN 10: 1845117476 / ISBN 13: 9781845117474
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Titre : An Introduction to Medieval Jewish ...

Éditeur : I.B.Tauris Co Ltd., United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2009

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Human civilization will be forever indebted to the great thinkers of Jewish philosophy s golden age. Moses Maimonedes, Levi Gersonides, Judah Halevi, Saadia Gaon, Hasdai Crescas and their like grappled with some of the most challenging metaphysical issues, while the profundity of their solutions continue to engage philosophers today. Did God create the world? Can human freedom be reconciled with divine foreknowledge? What is the nature of the good life?Focusing on the central philosophical questions of the Middle Ages, Daniel Rynhold offers a concise introduction to topics such as God and creation, human freewill, biblical prophecy, the Commandments, the divine attributes and immortality. Structured around themes that form the common syllabus of medieval Jewish philosophy, each chapter builds a debate around a particular topic and in so doing utilises the arguments of the chief philosophical figures of the medieval era. Explaining all concepts in a clear, non-technical fashion, the book also provides suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter. The first dedicated textbook to introduce the great richness of medieval Jewish philosophy as a whole, this lively and comprehensive survey is the ideal introduction for undergraduate students of the subject as well as the interested general reader. N° de réf. du libraire AA79781845117474

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Synopsis : Human civilization will be forever indebted to the great thinkers of Jewish philosophy's golden age. Moses Maimonedes, Levi Gersonides, Judah Halevi, Saadia Gaon, Hasdai Crescas and their like grappled with some of the most challenging metaphysical issues, while the profundity of their solutions continue to engage philosophers today. Did God create the world? Can human freedom be reconciled with divine foreknowledge? What is the nature of the good life?Focusing on the central philosophical questions of the Middle Ages, Daniel Rynhold offers a concise introduction to topics such as God and creation, human freewill, biblical prophecy, the Commandments, the divine attributes and immortality. Structured around themes that form the common 'syllabus' of medieval Jewish philosophy, each chapter builds a debate around a particular topic and in so doing utilises the arguments of the chief philosophical figures of the medieval era. Explaining all concepts in a clear, non-technical fashion, the book also provides suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter. The first dedicated textbook to introduce the great richness of medieval Jewish philosophy as a whole, this lively and comprehensive survey is the ideal introduction for undergraduate students of the subject as well as the interested general reader.

Critique: 'Daniel Rynhold has written a unique and accessible guide to the fascinating Jewish philosophers of the Middle Ages and their ideas. It is my belief that this is the first dedicated textbook to introduce the great richness and complexity of medieval Jewish philosophy as a whole. Lively and comprehensive, it should be the ideal introduction both for undergraduate students of the subject and the interested general reader.'"--" David-Hillel Ruben, Professor of Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London'Daniel Rynhold has written a lively, engaging and genuinely ""philosophical"" introduction to Jewish speculative thought in the Middle Ages. He focuses on the central concepts and arguments which dominated all of medieval philosophy, and his book is thus an accessible introduction to the field as a whole, not just to Jewish philosophy: although it certainly is that as well. The book wears its substantial scholarship lightly, and takes its readers seriously, respecting their intelligence while not assuming that they have any prior background or interest in the field. Altogether an attractive book, it will serve very well in courses in medieval culture, in the history of philosophy, and in Jewish studies.'-- Menachem Kellner, Professor of Jewish Thought, University of Haifa"For some twelve centuries, Jewish religious thinkers, like their Christian and Muslim counterparts, have been wrestling with the challenge that rational enquiry presents to traditional beliefs and practices. Can the existence of God be proven? Was the world created by divine fiat? How may reflective individuals logically describe God's attributes? Is prophetic power a natural or supernatural attribute? Does humankind truly have a choice over good and evil and does the suffering of the righteous call into question the notion of divine justice? Daniel Rynhold's fine volume offers a readable, informative and reliable summary of the leading figures and the major ideas relating to such topics. The author explains--with a light touch and an occasional dash of humour--a variety of philosophical problems, as seen by modern and well as medieval thinkers with either religious or non-religious commitments. He clarifies the resolutions proposed for each problem by Saadia, Maimonides, Judah Halevi, Gersonides and Crescas, and reconstructs the discussions that might have taken place had they lived in the same periods and places. All credit to the author for producing a textbook that will be found clear and useful by lay readers, as well as students and scholars of religion, Jewish studies and medieval philosophy."--Stefan C Reif, Emeritus Professor of Medieval Hebrew Studies, University of Cambridge"Rynhold strings the pearls of logical, medieval, complex Jewish argument together in a beautiful, systematic, expertly classified manner. He shows introductory readers the eloquence and depth of some of the medieval modes of understanding complex ideas within their Jewish medieval historical context, and traces the reception history of the seminal works of medieval Jewish thought... This volume is a welcome addition to courses in medieval culture, the history of philosophy, and Jewish studies." --"CHOICE"

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