Philo’s Heirs: Moses Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas

Philo’s Heirs: Moses Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas


Luis Cortest

ISBN: 9781618116307 (hardcover)
Pages: approx. 160 pp.
Publication Date: July 2017


The central claim of this book is that Philo of Alexandria’s philosophical method served as the model for the philosophical works of Moses Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas. Moses Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas stand as two pillars in the history of religious philosophy. In their respective religious communities each philosopher is considered the great master who expressed the doctrine of the religious tradition in philosophical terms. One of the most important points established in this book is that both of these thinkers inherited a set of standard philosophical topics (divine attributes, creation ex nihilo, divine providence, etc.) which were first developed as philosophical/religious questions by Philo. In effect, Philo’s philosophical method shaped the history of Western philosophy until the late seventeenth century.

Luis Cortest is Professor of Medieval Spanish Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including The Disfigured Face: Traditional Natural Law and Its Encounter with Modernity.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Marriage of Athens and Jerusalem: Philo of Alexandria
Chapter 2: Christian Philosophy after Philo
Chapter 3: The Rabbi and the Friar at a Glance
Chapter 4: The Divine Attributes
Chapter 5: In the Beginning
Chapter 6: Divine Providence
Chapter 7: Natural Law
Chapter 8: Prophecy