Jewish Philosophy in Hebrew

Steven Harvey

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195379488
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Jewish Philosophy in Hebrew

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This article continues the discussion on medieval Jewish philosophy in Arabic. The account begins with the death of Maimonides in 1204, and with the emergence of Hebrew at about that time as the language of philosophy among the Jews. Many post-Maimonidean Jewish philosophers were the true inheritors of the tradition of Aristotelian falsafa, which was inaugurated by al-Fārābī at the beginning of the tenth century and which came to an abrupt end in Islam with the death of Averroes in 1198. The article examines the philosophical and theological discussions on creation, free will, determinism, and God's knowledge of particulars.

Keywords: Maimonides; medieval Jewish philosophy; Aristotelian falsafa; Averroes; Jewish theology

Article.  9241 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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