Chapter

“A Kind of Conclusion”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768738.003.0010

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

“A Kind of Conclusion”

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Along with drawing together the themes of this book as a whole and summarizing Maimonides' esoteric writing, the conclusion briefly addresses the question of human perfection in Maimonides' work. It explains that he considered fulfillment of the commandments to be a stage on the way to correct worship and imitation of God as far as is possible. This imitation involves perfecting all of a person's virtues, moral and intellectual. Therefore, there is no need to oppose aiming at perfection of character traits with aiming at perfection of the intellect.

Keywords: perfection; virtue; character traits; intellect; worship; esotericism

Chapter.  2735 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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