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Maimonides and Spinoza: Their Conflicting Views of Human Nature

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Until the last century, it was generally agreed that Maimonides was a great defender of Judaism, and Spinoza—as an Enlightenment advocate for secularization—among its key opponents. However, a new scholarly consensus has recently emerged that the teachings of the two philosophers were in fact much closer than was previously thought. In his perceptive new book, Joshua ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by University of Chicago Press
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Kurt Albert
Nov 01, 2016 Kurt Albert rated it liked it
This is a work written by a Professor of Philosophy for students in philosophy. Sometimes it sounds more as a discussion among academics. But if one makes the effort, we find some fine remarks and learn a lot. So this is a positive thing.

The reader need to have a broad knowledge of Maimonides' and Spinoza's work. I have a more than average reading and studying of Spinoza, but I'm not familiar enough with the Guide of Maimonides. But Eight Chapters and Mishne Torah are no strangers to me.

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"Until the last century, it was generally agreed that Maimonides was a great defender of Judaism, and Spinoza—as an Enlightenment advocate for secularization—among its key opponents. However, a new scholarly consensus has recently emerged that the teachings of the two philosophers were in fact much closer than was previously thought. In his perceptive new book, Joshua Parens sets out to challenge the now predominant view of Maimonides as a protomodern forerunner
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