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Dialectic In Gersonides' Commentary On Proverbs

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The discussion of dialectic and its uses occupies a major place in Gersonides' writings. In his elucidation of the first three of the nine sections into which he divides the book, he begins with the &t;Explanation of the Words&t;, a gloss on the difficult words in the text, followed by the &t;Explanation of the Text&t;, in which he provides a running commentary on the verses of that section. The ha􀃉􀃉a􀁻ah is a genre based on the Greek eisagôgê. The investigative method proposed by the book of Proverbs is based on the notion that contradictory conclusions are the result of incompatible generally accepted premises and that the false premises among them lead to erroneous conclusions.

Keywords: Aristotelian dialectic; book of Proverbs; Gersonides; ha􀃉􀃉a􀁻ah



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