Religious Language (C): God's Knowledge as a Divine Perfection

Daniel Davies

in Method and Metaphysics in Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199768738
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918980 | DOI:

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

Religious Language (C): God's Knowledge as a Divine Perfection

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Judaism and Jewish Studies


Show Summary Details


An essential part of the law's theology, as Maimonides explains it, is that God knows all things as their creator. It is usually thought that this view opposes Maimonides' negative theology. This chapter argues that Maimonides describes God's knowledge in the same way as uncreated perfections were described in chapter 5. It shows that Maimonides' presentation of God's knowledge can then be squared with his negative theology and that he tries to meet philosophical objections by emphasizing the absolute difference between God's knowledge and human knowledge. As with creation, the law is opposed to Aristotle's view, and neither can be demonstrated. The law can only be supported by dialectical levels of authority. An appendix to the chapter considers the thorny issue of the opposition between Maimonides' negative theology and his clear assertion that God is an intellect. It argues that this difficulty might be solved in the same fashion.

Keywords: knowledge; Aristotle; dialectic; intellect; negative theology

Chapter.  9653 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.