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Maimonides and Spinoza: Their Conflicting Views of Human Nature

Joshua Parens

Abstract

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 are in fact much closer than was previously thought. This book sets out to challenge the now predominant view of Maimonides as a protomodern forerunner to Spinoza—and to show that a chief reason to read Maimonides is in fact to gain distance from our progressively secularized worldview. Turning the focus from Spinoza' ... More

Keywords: maimonides, judaism, spinoza, enlightenment, secularization, secularized worldview, theologico-political treatise, human nature, ethics, jewish identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226645742
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226645766.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Parens, author