In Defence of Judaism, Abraham Ibn Daud: Sources and Structures of Ha-Emunah Ha-Ramah

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Uitgeverij Van Gorcum, 1990 - Religion - 334 pages
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This study presents a thematic investigation of Ibn Daud's philosophical treatise ha-Emunah ha-Ramah [The Exalted Faith]. It examines the question whether current interpretation is correct in assuming that the thesis is primarily concerned with working out a synthesis between philosophy and religion, or whether, as Ibn Daud indicates at te beginning of the book, it is basically concerned with the problem of free will. In order to answer this question the author examines the structure of Ibn Daud's philosophical work by analysing its topics and their interrelation, and by paying attention to Ibn Daud's use of Biblical verses. Furthermore the study focuses on the Jewish and Islamic sources on which Ibn Daud drew, as well as the way in which he incorporated the philosophy of the Islamic Aristotelians al-Farabi and Ibn Sina into his own thought.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Ibn Daud s motivation
7
the categories
13
Matter and form
23
Motion and infinity
33
The soul
49
God and his attributes
83
The heavenly spheres and the intelligences
111
The degrees of providence
167
The freedom of the will
193
Ethics
223
Recapitulation and conclusions
239
Notes
275
Concordance of editions of haEmunah haRamah
313
Index
325
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Prophecy
137

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