September 17, 2013


Spanish-born Jewish philosopher and translator who propagated a reconciliation between Jewish Orthodoxy and philosophy and defended Maimonides Guide of the Perplexed against the attacks of the traditionalists.

His numerous works include Dialogue Between a Philosopher and a Man of Piety; an ethical treatise The Balm of Sorrow; an introduction to the study of the sciences entitled Reshit hokhma (The Beginning of Wisdom) which reproduces al-Farabi´s Aims of the Philosphy of Plato and Aristotle and was translated into Latin at the end of the 15th century; Sefer ha-ma´alot (The Book of Degrees) which advocates the Neoplatonic ideal of the contemplative life; a commentary on Maimonides Guide under the title More ha-more (Guide of the Guide); and an abstract of Ibn Gabirol´s Fons vitae in Hebrew.

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