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Maimonides’ Shemonah perakim andAlfarabi’s Fuṣūl Muntazaᒼa

Herbert A. Davidson

in Maimonides the Rationalist

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113584
eISBN:
9781800340077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113584.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores Maimonides' references to Alfarabi's Fuṣūl al-madanī and Fuṣūl Muntazaʿa — that is, that is to say, Fuṣūl for the Statesman and Excerpted Fuṣūl, with a focus on the latter in ... More


Maimonides on Metaphysical Knowledge

Herbert A. Davidson

in Maimonides the Rationalist

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113584
eISBN:
9781800340077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113584.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores Maimonides' views on metaphysics. Maimonides considered apodictic demonstration (burhān) to be the surest tool the human intellect has for acquiring knowledge, since no one but ... More


Why Maimonides was not a Mutakallim

Warren Zev Harvey

in Perspectives on Maimonides: Philosophical and Historical Studies

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100714
eISBN:
9781800340404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100714.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter addresses the question of why Maimonides was not a mutakallim, or practitioner of Kalām. Maimonides took great pains to differentiate himself from the mutakallimūn (the dialectical ... More


Neoplatonic Currents in Maimonides’ Thought

Alfred L. Ivry

in Perspectives on Maimonides: Philosophical and Historical Studies

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100714
eISBN:
9781800340404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100714.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter investigates Maimonides’ relationship to Neoplatonic thought, which can be discerned through a comparison of his writings with those of his contemporaries in both the Islamic and Jewish ... More


Strauss’s New Reading of Plato

Michael P. Zuckert and Catherine H. Zuckert

in Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226135731
eISBN:
9780226135878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226135878.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Strauss’s call for a return to the ancients was above all a call for return to the Socratics, most especially Plato. He came to a new way of reading and understanding Plato through his earlier ... More


Summoning Hostility: Al-Fārābī, Aquinas, and Warlike Peace

Murad Idris

in War for Peace: Genealogies of a Violent Ideal in Western and Islamic Thought

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190658014
eISBN:
9780190658045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190658014.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Politics

The writings of al-Fārābī and Aquinas make visible a morality that informs the oppositions between the peaceful and the warlike, and between just war and illegitimate aggression. In their typologies ... More


To Poikilon (Plato, Alfarabi, Aristotle)

Geoffrey Bennington

in Scatter 2: Politics in Deconstruction

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780823289929
eISBN:
9780823297320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823289929.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Plato’s characterisation of democracy in terms of to poikilon (multiplicity, variegation, motley) is rehearsed, reinforced with reference to Alfarabi, and shown to persist in contemporary thinkers ... More


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