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R. Hasdai Crescas

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In originality and novelty of thought, R. Ḥasdai Crescas's philosophical masterwork Light of the Lord is equal to Maimonides's Guide of the Perplexed. Indeed, with respect to their contribution to general philosophy, Crescas's originality exceeds Maimonides's. Crescas's conservatism is expressed in his declared intention to return to the traditional approach first of all in his exegetical method. In his theoretical discussion of the various principles of belief he constructs a quasi-legal deliberation by considering all the views of the Jewish thinkers. But his conservatism is expressed above all in his rehabilitating various views whose source is in the Bible and rabbinic thought, while expressing them with the conceptual clarity of philosophical articulation. Crescas's thought developed by way of critical integration of Jewish Aristotelianism and Jewish Neo-Platonism. Finally, in its unification of these two streams, The Light of the Lord approaches Halevi's Kuzari in many respects.

Keywords: Guide of the Perplexed; Jewish Aristotelianism; Jewish Neo-Platonism; Light of the Lord; Maimonides; R. Ḥasdai Crescas



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