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Author Silman, Yochanan.

Title Philosopher and prophet : Judah Halevi, the Kuzari, and the evolution of his thought / Yochanan Silman ; translated from the Hebrew by Lenn J. Schramm
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1995


Description 1 online resource (x, 370 pages)
Series SUNY series in Judaica
SUNY series in Judaica.
Contents pt. I. The Philosopher's Thought. 1. Aristotelian Philosophy in the Kuzari. 2. Divinity and Individuation. 3. Form and Matter. 4. Aristotelian Anthropology. 5. Human Activity -- pt. II. Halevi's Earlier Thought. 6. Introduction to the Earlier Thought. 7. The Theology of the Early Thought. 8. Anthropology in the Earlier Thought. 9. The Historical Dimension in the Earlier Thought. 10. The Jewish People, Their Commandments, and Their Uniqueness in the Earlier Thought. 11. Eretz Israel as the Chosen Land. 12. An Overview of Halevi's Earlier Thought -- pt. III. Halevi's Later Thought. 13. Introduction: Unique Features. 14. Human Experience and the Divine Presence. 15. God and the World. 16. The Later Anthropology. 17. History in the Later Thought. 18. The Jewish People, Their Commandments, and Their Uniqueness in the Later Thought. 19. An Overview of Halevi's Later Thought -- pt. IV. The Unity of the Kuzari. 20. Introduction: The Structure of the Book and Its Unity. 21. Theology and Anthropology. 22. Form and Content in the Kuzari. Appendix: The Giving of the Torah and Commandments as a Process
Summary "This book is the first to describe the development of Halevi's thought with a view to reaching a better understanding of its inherent systematic difficulties, as well as enabling identification of the various strata of the book belonging to different periods in his philosophical development." "The first part describes a kind of Aristotelian philosophy which seems to be espoused by Halevi himself before writing the Kuzari. The second part concerns itself with his early thought as expressed in certain parts of the Book of Kuzari. At this stage his thought is still faithful to the essentials of the Aristotelian philosophy and its primary function is to combat Karaism. Intra-systematic and extra-systematic difficulties peculiar to this thought give rise to the next stage in the development of his philosophy, which is described in the third part. This later thought is also distinguished by its strong emphasis on concrete human experience. During this period, Halevi retreats from many principles of Aristotelianism, and his major intention is to justify his new position. The fourth part deals with the dialectical unity of the Kuzari which is also reflected by the literary genre of this book as story and dialogue."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-347) and indexes
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Judah, ha-Levi, active 12th century. Kitāb al-ḥujjah.
SUBJECT Kitāb al-ḥujjah (Judah, ha-Levi) fast
Subject Jewish philosophy.
Philosophy, Medieval.
PHILOSOPHY -- Eastern.
Jewish philosophy
Philosophy, Medieval
Form Electronic book
LC no. 94042398
ISBN 0585066892
Other Titles Ben filosof le-navi. English