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Gersonides On The Mode Of Communicating Knowledge Of The Future To The Dreamer And Clairvoyant

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The chapter in question deals with the prediction of the future by means of dreams, clairvoyance, and prophecy. The author would like to dedicate my contribution to the volume of essays in his memory to a related issue in Gersonides' thought: namely, the mode of communicating knowledge of the future to the dreamer and clairvoyant. In Book II of his philosophical-theological work, The Wars of the Lord, Gersonides deals with the prediction of the future through dreams, clairvoyance and prophecy - a threefold subject that was suggested to him by Averroes's Epitome of Aristotle's Parva Naturalia. According to Gersonides, this difference is manifested on two levels - the psychological and the cosmological. On the psychological level, the faculty of the soul that receives prophetic knowledge is the intellect. On the cosmological level, the immediate agent producing prophetic knowledge is the Active Intellect.

Keywords: aristotle; averroes; clairvoyance; GERSONIDES; Parva naturalia



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