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R. Judah Halevi

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The Kuzari was secondary in its influence to R. Judah Halevi's poetry, although it was one of the most influential philosophical works that shaped the conception of Judaism not only in the Middle Ages but also in modern times. One needed to make a prior decision in favor of revealed truth or philosophical truth. Only after deciding in favor of revelation solely on its own basis was he able to accept from philosophy too the truth that he found in it and to use it in order to strengthen his support of revelation. But this was only a first stage of confrontation with the Aristotelian philosophy, which became the central philosophical stream in European culture just as in the Moslem and Christian worlds, so in the Jewish world there were philosophers who saw in this stream the way to knowledge of general truth, which was important to them in itself.

Keywords: Aristotelian philosophy; Christian world; European culture; Kuzari; Moslem world; R. Judah Halevi



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