This book deals with central issues of medieval Jewish philosophy. Among the subjects treated are divine immanence, the intellect, miracles, and esoteric writing and its limits. The work provides a new perspective on the history of Jewish philosophy in the Middle Ages. Relying on many as yet unpublished manuscripts, which enable it to offer new insights relating to such thinkers as Judah Halevi, Maimonides, and Gersonides, it also presents a new and original perception of the dynamics of Jewish thought in general.
Dov Schwartz is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Bar-Ilan University. He has published extensively on medieval and modern Jewish thought including
Faith at the Crossroads (Brill, 2002) and
Studies on Astral Magic in Medieval Jewish Thought (Brill, 2005).
This book is intended for scholars of philosophy and Jewish thought as well as for the general public with an interest in these areas.