Maimonides on the Origin of the World
By (author) Kenneth Seeskin
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Maimonides on the Origin of the World by Kenneth Seeskin
Book DescriptionAlthough Maimonides' discussion of creation is one of his greatest contributions - he himself claims that belief in creation is second in importance only to belief in God - there is still considerable debate on what that contribution was. Kenneth Seeskin takes a close look at the problems Maimonides faced and the sources from which he drew. He argues that Maimonides meant exactly what he said: the world was created by a free act of God so that the existence of everything other than God is contingent. In religious terms, existence is a gift. In order to reach this conclusion, Seeskin examines Maimonides' view of God, miracles, the limits of human knowledge, and the claims of astronomy to be a science. Clearly written and closely argued, Maimonides on the Origin of the World takes up questions of perennial interest.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521845533
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kenneth Seeskin
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This book provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the Jewish experience, from its ancient origins to its impact on contemporary popular culture.
Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Kenneth Seeskin
This book considers both existing arguments and presents its own ideas about the role of autonomy in Judaism.
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Author Biography - Kenneth Seeskin
Kenneth Seeskin, a Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University and winner of a Koret Jewish Book Award (2001), is the author of Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age, Maimonides: a Guide for Today's Perplexed, No Other Gods: the Modern Struggle Against Idolatry, Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides and Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy. He is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Maimonides.
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