Neoplatonism and Jewish Thought (Studies in Neoplatonism)

This ebook bargains essentially with the matter of the single and the numerous. the issues of construction, of evil, of revelation, and of ethics are all handled as precise instances of the final challenge of concerning the finite to the countless, the numerous to the only. The authors concentrate on the unifying topic of mediation, the potential in which absolutely the pertains to the the following and now. The primary figures studied comprise Philo, Plotinus, Iamblichus, Isaac Israeli, Avicenna, Ibn Gabirol, Al-Ghazali, Abraham Ibn Daud, Maimonides, Averroes, Albertus Magnus, Aquinas, Gersonides, Nahmanides, Ibn Falaquera, Narboni, Albalag, Leone Ebreo (Judah Abarbanel), and Spinoza, in addition to such Kabbalistic thinkers as Bahir, Cordovero, Luria, Moses de Leon, Ya'akov ben Sheshet, Isaac the Blind, Menahem Renanti, Shem Tov ben Shem Tov, Azriel of Gerona, Alemanno, Luzzato, Cordovero, and Abraham Herrera.

The authors comprise David Winston, John Dillon, Carl Mathis, Bernard McGinn, Arthur Hyman, Alfred Ivry, Lenn E. Goodman, Menachem Kellner, David Burrell, Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, David Bleich, Seymour Feldman, Steven Katz, Moshe Idel, David Novak, Hubert Dethier, Richard Popkin, and Robert McLaren. Taken jointly, those essays supply a magnificent old survey of the guidelines, achievements, and philosophic struggles of a gaggle of fellows who labored to shape a special and sturdy culture that bridged the space among rival confessions and sects--mystics, rationalists, and empiricists; Jews, Christians, and Muslims. this can be a philosophic resource whose energy isn't but exhausted.

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217 Divine cohesion in Maimonides, the Tosafists and Me'iri J. David Bleich ......................... 237 Platonic topics in Gersonides' Doctrine of the lively mind Seymour Feldman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 255 Utterance and Ineffability in Jewish Neoplatonism Steven T. Katz .......................... 279 Self-Contraction of the Godhead,n Kabbalistic Theology David Novak ............................ 299 Jewish Kabbalah and Platonism within the center a while and Renaissance Moshe Idel .............................. 319 Love and mind in Leone Ebreo: the thrill and Pains of Human ardour Hubert Dethier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 353 CONTENTS vii Spinoza, Neoplatonic Kabbalist? Richard Popkin ......................... 387 The Psychodynamics of Neoplatonic Ontology Robert B. McLaren. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411 Bib liograph y 427 The individuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435 Index 439 LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS AJS B. DK HUCA ]JMES JAOS JHP JJS JPS JQR JTS LCL LXX M PAAJR REI RE. J SUNY SVF Y. organization for Jewish reviews Babylonian Talmud (Bavli) H. Diels and W. Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker (Berlin, 1934-54) Hebrew Union collage Annual overseas JO~lrnal of heart jap reports magazine of the yankee Oriental Society magazine of the heritage of Philosophy magazine of Jewish reports Jewish booklet Society Jewish Quarterly overview Jewish Theological Seminary of the United States Loeb Classical Library The Septuagint Mishnah lawsuits of Ihe American Academy for Jewish learn Revue des Etudes Islamiques Revue des Etudes Juives country college of latest York H. von Arnim, Stoicorum Veterum Fragmenta (Leipzig, 1903-24) Jerusalem Talmud (Yerushalmi) viii PREFACE R. Baine Harris faith can by no means be thoroughly loose from philosophy. even though it should be attainable to build a philosophy that might be unfastened from any spiritual meanings, philosophical techniques and reviews are crucial parts in faith; and they're present in all religions. Philosophy is a basic human activity-even extra basic than faith. it really is an attempt to inquire into the starting place and nature of every thing we stumble upon, an inquiry that no person in a position to mirrored image can stay away from, yet person who will be spoke back to in a few methods, a few of that are spiritual. Philosophy in its early phases is an highbrow research of every thing we will be able to understand or take into consideration indirectly. It mayor won't movement directly to a rational synthesizing of our realizing reviews, and to an highbrow dedication to a couple logical manner of systematizing them. faith, against this, is often a press release of trust in regards to the nature of regardless of the believer believes to be finally genuine and of final significance. faith frequently comprises a few type of own dedication both to an identifiable being or to a couple instructing concerning the final nature of reality--a dedication which can't take place with out making a few philosophical assumptions. it's a reaction that's affected to some degree by means of the character of the unique philosophical inquiry.

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