Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Between Maimonideanism And Averroism: Gersonides’ Place Within The Maimonidean Paradigm

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter discusses the question of Gersonides' "Maimonideanism." Upon first reflection, this term seems too general, and thus it produces in the reader a series of perplexing questions: Where exactly is the line differentiating what is Maimonidean and what is not? Which philosophical doctrines or Jewish beliefs would one characterize as Maimonidean? In order to construct a controlled framework for exploring "Maimonideanism" the chapter considers it from the perspective of Kuhn's philosophy of science, adopting two of his pivotal concepts: that the scientist is a "puzzle-solver;" and that intellectual traditions develop around "paradigms." The first concept underlines the subjective aspect of the scientist's work within the science of his own time; the concept of "paradigm," in contrast, refers to the objective aspect of his work of puzzle-solving by denoting the core of certain ideas, practices, values, and even institutions that represent the historical backgrounds of the subjective work.

Keywords: Averroism; Gersonides; Jewish philosophy; Maimonidean paradigm



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Cultures of Maimonideanism — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation