Jewish Philosophy in Hebrew

Steven Harvey

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968855
ISBN (Print)9780195379488
StatePublished - 18 Sep 2012

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  • Aristotelian falsafa
  • Averroes
  • Jewish theology
  • Maimonides
  • Medieval jewish philosophy


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