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Creation And Providence In Maimonides

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This chapter talks about the mixture of the Neo-Platonic elements and the Aristotelian elements in Maimonides's thought. It is close to Neoplatonism in its consistent and radical demand for unity: an absolutely unified God is the cause of all reality, and there is no other primordial given limiting his action. The flow that comes from God is pure form, and it is self-identical at all times. On the other hand, Maimonidean thought is close to Aristotelianism in its physics and the metaphysics on which it is based. Maimonides proposed the notion of the sovereign will of God as the unifying explanation of everything that happens in nature. But the principal topic in which Maimonides dealt directly with the difference between his theology and Aristotle's was the problem of the creation of the world ex nihilo.

Keywords: Aristotelian elements; ex nihilo; God; Maimonides thought; Neo-Platonic elements



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