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Maimonides on the origin of the world

Author: Kenneth Seeskin
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Although Maimonides' discussion of creation is one of his greatest contributions - he himself claimed that belief in creation is second in importance only to belief in God - there is still considerable debate on what that contribution was. Kenneth Seeskin takes a close look at the problems Maimonides faced and the sources from which he drew. He argues that Maimonides meant exactly what he said: the world was
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Named Person: Moses Maimonides; Moïse Maimonide; Moses Maimonides
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Seeskin
ISBN: 052184553X 9780521845533
OCLC Number: 56404958
Description: viii, 215 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: God and the problem of origin --
Creation in the Timaeus --
Aristotle and the arguments for eternity --
Plotinus and metaphysical causation --
Particularity --
Nature, miracles, and the end of the world --
Aftermath and conclusion.
Responsibility: Kenneth Seeskin.
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"Although Maimonides' discussion of creation is one of his greatest contributions - he himself claimed that belief in creation is second in importance only to belief in God - there is still considerable debate on what that contribution was. Kenneth Seeskin takes a close look at the problems Maimonides faced and the sources from which he drew. He argues that Maimonides meant exactly what he said: the world was created be a free act of God so the existence of everything other than God is contingent. In religious terms, existence is a gift. To reach this conclusion, Seeskin examines Maimonides' view of God, miracles, the limits of human knowledge, and the claims of astronomy to be a science.

Clearly written and closely argued, Maimonides on the Origin of the World takes up questions of perennial interest."--Jacket.

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