Logic in a Pre-Tibbonian Hebrew Philosophical Dialogue

Y. Tzvi Langermann

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A dialogue between “Intellect” and “Soul”, preserved uniquely and incompletely in a manuscript now held by the University of Pennsylvania, is a rare and precious specimen of pre-Maimonidean Hebrew philosophical literature. The author repurposes some terms drawn from rabbinic legal texts, innovates some terms on his owns, and occasionally must resort to writing out Arabic terms in Hebrew letters. In one passage, which clearly draws upon Galen’s Institutio Logica, he displays relational syllogisms which prove the superiority of the soul over the body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-80
Number of pages14
JournalStudia Graeco-Arabica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021

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