Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest...

In this original study, noted scholar and theologian David Hartman discusses the relation between Maimonides' halakhic writings and The Guide of the Perplexed. This pioneering work earned Dr. Hartman a National Jewish Book Award for a book on Jewish thought.

FOREWORD Shlomo Pines A main theme of the present work is the relation between Maimonides’ halakhic writings— which are concerned with both norms of conduct and norms of religious beliefs — and The Guide of the Perplexed, which, in a sense, is a philosophical work for it purports to expound or to hint at the physical and metaphysical verities in a way which reduces the danger of philosophical truth to religion. Da-vid Hartman takes issue with a closely knit thesis in which it is argued that the legal writings subserve an exclusively practical end and, accordingly, contain no indications of Maimonides’ theoretical views which, to some extent, can be gathered— with great difficulty— from The Guide of the Perplexed. He also posits that for Maimonides intellectual perfection, the knowledge of theoretical truth, is the highest end of man. The tendency of Hartman’s investigations is to prove that the connection between the halakhic writings and The Guide of the Perplexed is much closer than is admit-ted. In this context some quotations and references may be relevant. The first chapter of the first book of Aristotle’s Politics describes man as having— contrary to the other animals— xi   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageACKNOWLEDGMENTSFOREWORDCONTENTSINTRODUCTIONOption 1. The way of insulationOption 2. The way of dualismOption 3. The way of rejectionOption 4. The way of integrationOne. PHILOSOPHY IN MAIMONIDES' LEGAL WORKSTwo. HALAKHIC AND AGGADIC CATEGORIES AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO PHILOSOPHICAL SPIRITUALITYThree. REASON AND TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY WITHIN HALAKHAH AND PHILOSOPHYFour. THE PHILOSOPHIC RELIGIOUS SENSIBILITYFive. MORALITY AND THE PASSIONATE LOVE FOR GODNOTESSELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHYWorks of MaimonidesBackground Literature and General PhilosophyLiterature on Maimonides and Jewish ThoughtINDEX
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