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The Alexandrian Prologue Paradigm In Gersonides' Writings

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Initially, the prologues of the Alexandrian school included six points: (1) The aim or subject of the work; (2) its utility; (3) its authenticity; (4) its place in the curriculum; (5) the reason for its title; and (6) its division into chapters. Simplicius added a seventh point: the branch of philosophy to which the work belongs. Gersonides, in the next century, also adopted this prologue paradigm. The Hebrew translation of the book was in his private library. The aim of the book is announced at the beginning of the introduction, although the &t;technical&t; word &t;aim&t; is not used: the authors aim to examine in this book some very important yet obscure questions on which many crucial foundations among the foundations that lead man to his intellectual felicity are based.

Keywords: Alexandrian prologue; Alexandrian school; Gersonides; Hebrew translation



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