The Cultures of Maimonideanism

New Approaches to the History of Jewish Thought


In the history of Jewish thought, no individual scholar has exercised more influence than Maimonides (1138-1204) – philosopher and physician, legal scholar and communal leader. This collection of papers, originating at the 2007 EAJS colloquium, places primary emphasis on this influence – not on Maimonides himself but the many movements he inspired. Using Maimonideanism as an interpretive lens, the authors of this volume – representing a variety of fields and disciplines – develop new approaches to and fresh perspectives on the peculiar dynamic of Judaism and philosophy. Focusing on social and cultural processes as well as philosophical ideas and arguments, they point toward an original reconceptualization of Jewish thought.

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James T. Robinson, PhD (2002) in NELC, Harvard University, is Assistant Professor of the History of Judaism at the University of Chicago, The Divinity School. He has written extensively on medieval Jewish philosophy and exegesis, including Samuel Ibn Tibbon's Commentary on Ecclesiastes, The Book of the Soul of Man (Mohr Siebeck, 2007).
1. The Project of Enlightenment in Islamic-Arabic Culture, Frank Griffel, Yale University
2. From Esotericism to Science: The Account of the Chariot in Maimonidean Philosophy till the End of the Thirteenth Century, Howard Kreisel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
3. Competing Approaches to Maimonides in Early Kabbalah, Jonathan Dauber, Yeshiva University
4. Ibn Ezra, a Maimonidean Authority: The Evidence of the Early Ibn Ezra Supercommentaries, Tamás Visi, Palacky University, Olomouc
5. Between Maimonideanism and Averroism: Gersonides’ Place within the Maimonidean Paradigm, Roberto Gatti University of Genoa
6. No Perpetual Enemies: Maimonideanism at the Beginning of the Fifteenth Century, Maud Kozodoy, The Jewish Theological Seminary
7. Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles: From Elite to Popular Culture, Abraham Melamed The University of Haifa
8. Rabbi Joseph Karo and Sixteenth-Century Messianic Maimonideanism, Mor Altshuler, Carmay Yosef, Israel
9. Maimonideanism in Leon Modena’s Ari Nohem, Yaacob Dweck Princeton University
10. The Spectre of Maimonidean Radicalism in the Late Eighteenth Century, Abraham Socher, Oberlin College
11. Counter-Enlightenment in a Jewish Key: Anti-Maimonideanism in Nineteenth-Century Orthodoxy, Michah Gottlieb, New York University
12. Manuel Joel and the Neo-Maimonidean Discovery of Kant, Görge K. Hasselhoff, Rühr-Universität Bochum
13. Maimonides and Ethical Monotheism: The Influence of the Guide of the Perplexed on German Reform Judaism in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century, George Y. Kohler, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
14. Eros within the Limits of Mere Reason: On the Maimonidean Limits of Modern Jewish Philosophy, Hanoch Ben-Pazi, Bar Ilan University
15. How to Read Maimonides after Heidegger: The Cases of Strauss and Levinas, Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft, The University of California, Berkeley
16. Maimonides in Religious-Zionist Philosophy: Unity vs. Duality, Dov Schwartz, Bar Ilan University
All those interested in intellectual history, medieval philosophy and history, modern philosophy and history, Jewish thought, Maimonides