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The Turn To Cultural Thought

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The analysis of Albo's Book of Principles is evidence of the direction of a process whose influence is noticeable in the philosophical literature of Christian Spain in the generations prior to the expulsion. In the generation of the expulsion Jewish thinkers maintained that the expulsion was a punishment. The sign of interest was the discovery of history as an independent domain of inquiry that could explain the situation of the Jewish people in terms of political, religious, and socio-cultural factors. R. Solomon Ibn Verga's interpretation of the expulsion comes in the context of a review of the series of tribulations that the Jewish people experienced in their history. Don Isaac Abravanel continued the Jewish philosophical tradition in Spain, and set the question of the history of the Jewish people among the nations at the center of his thought.

Keywords: Book of Principles; Christian Spain literature; Don Isaac Abravanel; Jewish people; R. Solomon Ibn Verga; socio-cultural factors



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