Guide for the perplexed

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This is the full, unabridged text of one of the greatest philosophic works of all time. Written by a 12th- century thinker who was equally active as an original philosopher and as a Biblical and Talmudic scholar, it is both a classic of great historical importance and a work of living significance today. The Guide for the Perplexed was written for scholars who were bewildered by the conflict between religion and the scientific and philosophic thought of the day. It is concerned, basically, with finding a concord between the religion of the Old Testament and its commentaries, and Aristotelian philosophy. After analyzing the ideas of the Old Testament by means of "homonyms," Maimonides examines other reconciliations of religion and philosophy (the Moslem rationalists) and then proposes his own resolution with contemporary Aristotelianism. The Guide for the Perplexed was at once recognized as a masterwork, and it strongly influenced Jewish, Christian, and Moslem thought of the Middle Ages. It is necessary reading for any full comprehension of the thought of such scholastics as Aquinas and Scotus, and indispensable for everyone interested in the Middle Ages, Judaism, medieval philosophy, or the larger problems which Maimonides discusses.
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subject_facetCommandments, Six hundred and thirteen
Electronic books
Jewish philosophy
Jewish philosophy -- 12th century
Jewish philosophy -- Early works to 1800
Judaism
Judaism -- Early works to 1900
Maimonides, Moses -- 1135-1204
Philosophy
Philosophy, Medieval
title_displayGuide for the perplexed
title_fullGuide for the perplexed / Moses Maimonides ; Michael Friedla╠łnder, translator
The Guide for the Perplexed [electronic resource] Maimonides, Moses.
The guide for the perplexed [electronic resource] Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204,
title_shortGuide for the perplexed
topic_facetCommandments, Six hundred and thirteen
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Jewish philosophy
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Maimonides, Moses
Philosophy
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