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"If There Were God": The Problem Of Unbelief In The Visión Deleytable

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The aljamía version of the Visión deleytable is a valuable addition to the fifteen fifteenth-century manuscripts (one of which, in Catalan, was discovered only a few years ago), four incunabula and other early editions which bear witness to the work's extraordinary popularity and widespread dissemination in late medieval Spain. Composed probably towards the middle of the fifteenth century, the Visión deleytable is the most important work written by the philosopher and poet Alfonso de la Torre. The Visión deleytable reconceptualises Maimonidean philosophy as a sensu latu theodicy: a philosophical defence of God in the face of the terrifying option of unbelief. It is an important addition to the considerable body of fifteenth-century treatises which debate with obsessive insistency the reasoning of unbelievers from other philosophical-theological perspectives.

Keywords: aljamía; late medieval Spain; Maimonidean philosophy; unbelief; Visión deleytable



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