Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed

Silence and Salvation

By Donald McCallum

© 2007 – Routledge

186 pages

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About the Book

Providing an excellent overview of the latest thinking in Maimonides studies, this book uses a novel philosophical approach to examine whether Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed contains a naturalistic doctrine of salvation after death.

The author examines the apparent tensions and contradictions in the Guide and explains them in terms of a modern philosophical interpretation rather than as evidence of some esoteric meaning hidden in the text.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Leo Strauss and Oliver Leaman on How to Read the Guide 2. What we can say about God – The Philosophical Theology of the Guide 3. What we can say about Creation – Marvin Fox on How to Read the Guide 4. Using Wittgenstein’s Tractatus to Approach the Guide 5. A Reconstruction of the Soteriology of the Guide 6. A Reconstruction of the Soteriology of the Guide – Some Further Details 7. Showing that which cannot be said – In Tolstoy and in the Torah

About the Author

Donald McCallum received a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Manchester and now works as a civil servant. His research interests are in the areas of mediaeval philosophy, especially in the Jewish tradition, Spinoza and Schopenhauer.

About the Series

Routledge Jewish Studies Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Medieval
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
RELIGION / Judaism / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies