Please read our policy on commenting. All Rights Reserved. ISSN X. Skip to main content. Search Term. Link to Publisher's Website. Maimonides' "Guide of the Perplexed". A Philosophical Guide. Chicago, IL:. University of Chicago Press.
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ISBN For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website. Log in to post comments. Other than that though, I had problems with the book. As much as he acknowledges that we can never find absolute answers or understand the grea I'll start with something good. As much as he acknowledges that we can never find absolute answers or understand the greatness of God, this acknowledgement usually comes off as empty and he seems to think he has indeed found the answers which I suppose is why he feels he is in a position to guide the perplexed.
For example, he talks at length analogizing the human body to the universe.
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It's interesting. But later he specifies that while "the faculty of thinking is a force inherent in the body, not separated from it, God is not a force inherent in the body of the universe How God rules the universe and provides for it is a complete mystery: man is unable to solve it. For, on the one hand, it can be proved that God is separate from the universe, and in no contact with it; but, on the other hand, His rule and providence can be proved to exist in all parts of the universe, even in the smallest. Praised be He whose perfection is above our comprehension.
He does have an earlier "proof" that he's talking about but you can gather its weakness. Why can't God be a part of the universe the way our intellect is part of our body? Above our comprehension indeed. View all 3 comments. Sep 10, Philip Jordan rated it it was amazing. To find this amazing book was an interesting adventure. The finding was almost as intense as the wisdom gained therein For those that wish to derive a better understanding of the Torah, and its spiritual, literal and metaphysical interpretations, then this is the read for you!
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Moses Maimonides, a Cordova born rabbi of the 12th Century AD, can be considered the "greatest Jewish thinker of the middle ages if not o To find this amazing book was an interesting adventure. Moses Maimonides, a Cordova born rabbi of the 12th Century AD, can be considered the "greatest Jewish thinker of the middle ages if not of all time. Plan to read some of the page chapters over and over again, because those fleeting paragraphs are jam packed with hidden truths and amazing wisdom.
View 1 comment. Jan 28, Peter rated it liked it Shelves: myth-and-religion. This work appears on several recommended classics lists, and since I was perplexed, I decided to delve into it.
Alas, I am still perplexed. The hard cover sells for textbook prices; I recommend the soft cover or a used version—there is no need to pay top dollar for what turns out to be, in addition to some metaphysical insight, a collection of Talmud interpretations, a summary of Jewish Law and nearly one hundred pages of medieval chemistry and physics. You may well ask, if God does not have human imperfections such as emotion, why the anger and jealousy about idolators?
Answer: because it seems God has a purpose after all. I have found in raising children that the fastest path to anger is impatience.
Impatience about what? Impatience about the lack of movement toward MY expectations, the lack of progress to realizing MY plans. I think God would be smarter than this. And we find in reading that even Maimonides, after his strong refutation of an anthropomorphic divinity, still cannot resist the pull of the anthropomorphic.
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Next issue: Does God have a hand in the world or not? On unknowability, much ink is spilled. The story of Job is the primary teaching exhibit.
These secrets, as has been explained, were orally communicated by a few able men to others who were equally distinguished. According to this interpretation of the Law, while followers are under a general encouragement to be merciful to slaves and the poor, and be fair in dealing with workers, there is a clearer obligation to take care of your in-group—your family and the people who have done you favors in the past—people you have a relationship with.
If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? When we therefore find them also, engaged in ruling others, in increasing their property, and endeavoring to obtain possession of wealth and honor, we see in this fact a proof that when they were occupied in these things, only their bodily limbs were at work, whilst their heart and mind never moved away from the name of God. I think these four [Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob] reached that high degree of perfection in their relation to God, and enjoyed the continual presence of Divine Providence, even in their endeavors to increase their property, feeding the flock, toiling in the field, or managing the house, only because in all these things their end and aim was to approach God as much as possible.
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Apr 03, Kevin marked it as to-read. Third most dense tome I've ever tried to slog my way through. Feb 20, James Violand rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone advanced in the quest for God. Shelves: own. You must keep this in mind concerning this addition: the font is so small that each page is equivalent to 3 or 4 standard pages. The true book length would be between - pages. Do you want to commit yourself to reading this difficult book?
Difficult in that one must have read the works of the philosophers and theologians who preceded him and the Old Testament. The first section concerns homonyms and is used, as necessary in philosophy, to settle on definitions before progressing to the You must keep this in mind concerning this addition: the font is so small that each page is equivalent to 3 or 4 standard pages. The first section concerns homonyms and is used, as necessary in philosophy, to settle on definitions before progressing to thesis.europeschool.com.ua/profiles/xocadah/piq-como-conocer-gente.php
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Here, Maimonides is concerned with disabusing a primitive mind of its anthropomorphic concepts of God. Some literalists will be appalled. This is a good thing. God has no dimension because He is limitless. Therefore, He has no face, feet, arms, etc. Nor, does He figuratively "pass by" anything. This vital section of M's work is by necessity boring to those of a higher understanding. One must endure this in order to arrive at the more enjoyable sections.
It is enjoyable to read his blistering destruction of the Kalam Islamic scholastic theology.
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The second section compares and contrasts the various philosophical works with those espoused by the sages of Jewish theology. Obviously, Maimonides's position is espoused and seems irrefutable until Thomas Aquinas nails his objections.