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- DescriptionUntil the last century, it was generally agreed that Maimonides was a great defender of Judaism, and Spiza - as an Enlightenment advocate for secularization - among its key opponents. However, a new scholarly consensus has recently emerged that the teachings of the two philosophers were in fact much closer than was previously thought. In his perceptive new book, Joshua Parens sets out to challenge the w predominant view of Maimonides as a protomodern forerunner to Spiza - and to show that a chief reason to read Maimonides is in fact to gain distance from our progressively secularized worldview. Turning the focus from Spiza's oft-analyzed Theologico-Political Treatise , this book has at its heart a nuanced analysis of his theory of human nature in the Ethics. Viewing this work in contrast to Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed , it makes clear that Spiza can longer be thought of as the founder of modern Jewish identity, r should Maimonides be thought of as having paved the way for a modern secular worldview. Maimonides and Spiza dramatically revises our understanding of both philosophers.
- Author BiographyJoshua Parens is professor in and graduate director of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Dallas. He is the author of An Islamic Philosophy of Virtuous Religions and coeditor of the second edition of Medieval Political Philosophy: A Sourcebook.
- Author(s)Joshua Parens
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication26/06/2012
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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