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Revealing What’s Implicit

Maimonides’ Account of Creation and Revelation beyond Naturalism and Politics

In: The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Author: Paul E. Nahme1
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  • 1 Brown University
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Abstract

This article reinterprets Maimonides’ theory of creation and revelation by focusing upon the relationship between belief in creation and the affirmation of miracle and law described in Guide II:25. Focusing upon Maimonides’ use of inference to describe creation and revelation, I re-evaluate Maimonides’ account as an instance of inferential reasoning. That is, Maimonides makes use of, rather than proves, the implicit norms of creation and revelation in their explicit function of legal reasoning. Thus, I suggest that Maimonides’ emphasis upon inferential judgment in justifying law is a defense of creation and revelation as rules of reasoning.

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