The Many Faces of Maimonides

The Many Faces of Maimonides

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Dov Schwartz
Translated by Batya Stein

Series: Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
ISBN: 9781618117809 (hardcover) / 9781618119063 (paper)
Pages: 198 pp.
Publication Date: June 2018

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This volume offers a new reading of Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed. In particular, it explores how Maimonides’ commitment to integrity led him to a critique of the Kalām, to a complex concept of immortality, and to insight into the human yearning for metaphysical knowledge. Maimonides’ search for objective truth is also analyzed in its connection with the scientific writings of his time, which neither the Kalām nor the Jewish philosophical tradition that preceded him had endorsed.

Through a careful analysis of these issues, this book seeks to contribute to the understanding of the modes of thought adopted in The Guide of the Perplexed, including the “philosophical theologian” model of Maimonides’ own design, and to the knowledge of its sources.

Dov Schwartz, a former Dean of Humanities at Bar Ilan University and head of the departments of Philosophy and of Music, currently heads its interdisciplinary unit, and holds the Natalie and Isidore Friedman Chair for Teaching Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Thought.

Table of Contents


1. The Passion for Metaphysics
2. The Separate Intellects
3. Astral Magic and the Law
4. Idolatry as Mediation
5. Immortality and Imagination
6. Maimonides: A Philosophical Theologian