This book on Moses Maimonides is the first book of the SSRC Philosophers Series called “Free Thinkers.” The series is an attempt to present the teachings of many of the great philosophers throughout history in a way that average readers without academic backgrounds can easily understand. Moses Maimonides, the most widely studied Jewish thinker of all time, was a 12th-century philosopher born in Cordoba, Spain. He attempted to harmonize the logical thinking of Greek philosophy, particularly Aristotle, with traditional Jewish practice. Also influenced by Islamic philosophy, he was a bridge connecting Greek philosophy, Islam, and Judaism. His Mishneh Torah, a fourteen-volume legal code of Jewish belief and practice, extracted important principles of Jewish law for the common person to understand and apply. He was the first person to create this type of guide for all Jews to follow so that they could adhere to God’s Law. His Guide for the Perplexed gave his original explanations of the reasons for the biblical commandments and the connections among religion, science, logic, and divine revelation. He believed that the intellectual reasoning of the Greeks and the divinely revealed scriptures of the Jews could, together, help human beings come closer to the truth about God and offer a path to a life of virtue and nobility.Maimonides was not only an important scholar of medieval Judaism but also an independent thinker whose ideas even today challenge us to re-examine our fundamental beliefs about reason and faith, science and divine revelation.Author: Miriam Bokser Caravella
Format: Paperback, 168 Pages
Edition: 1st, 2023
Price: USD 7 including shipping.
Estimated price: EUR 6.62, GBP 5.75