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Introduction: "Without Any Doubt": Gersonides On Method And Knowledge

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Gersonides - Rabbi Levi ben Gershom - was a multifaceted and fascinating thinker, a unique figure among Jewish thinkers of the Middle Ages. He devoted his entire career to philosophy and science and was well-versed in every branch of the science of his time. The scope of his oeuvre reveals him to have been perhaps the most prolific polymath of all medieval Jewish philosophers. He wrote supercommentaries on many of Averroes's commentaries on Aristotle, but was also an original thinker in his own right; in his philosophical masterpiece, the Wars of the Lord, he conducted an independent inquiry into philosophical problems and philosophical-theological questions that had not been fully resolved (to his mind) before his day. Gersonides' singularity lies in the way in which he viewed the several facets of his scholarly work as a unified whole, with all parts interrelated, complementing and illuminating one another.

Keywords: aristotle; Averroes; Gersonides; jewish philosophers; middle ages



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