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The value of the book lies in fact that author not only recognises Maimonides great influence on philosophy and science, but also stresses his importance for religious studies.
From the book one gets conviction that Maimonides was genius in bringing together science and religion - in such a way, that nor science nor religion looses anything from their values.Even more, Prof. Idit stresses his top importance, lasting for more than 800 years now, for both philosophy and for Judaism.
The book has also interesting thread about Maimonides intellectual dialog with 200 years earlier Rabbi Saadia (Rabbi Se`adiah ben Yosef Gaon). The dialog of admiration, but also, on the level of philosophical debate - the dialog of disagreement with his philosophy which was close to Kalam philosophy.
The another interesting part is the analysis of Maimonides concept of primary matter.Once you read that, and you know a bit of modern physics - you wonder - how close were this concept (in their spirit & logic) to what we see in modern physics....
Of course, the book is more inclined to analysis of famous Maimonides book: "The guide for the perplexed" than to his monumental Mishne Torah. This does not give us full picture about Rambam (another name fro Maimonides), but, I think, one can forgive the author, the secular philosopher, that innocent bias :-)
Yes. I recently purchased the Negative & Positive Commentaries of Maimonides rand I think this is a good book to listen to or read before reading those. They give you an understanding of the objective of the writings in a general sense. Good for someone who is interested in the study of philosophy and/or Judaism.
I wished it would have touched on history a little more. It starts out that way, but toward the end, it gets purely philosophical. I don't mind that because I also have an appreciation for philosophy, but for the individual who is seeking a prose aiming toward history, this may not be ideal.
When it said that we can only attain our own unique understanding of Divinity. Also, when it deals with the world being eternal and creation; etc. I also liked the part pertaining to the Preface when Maimonides addresses the acquirement of knowledge and how it should not be an accidental experience, else it can be faulty. Good point. The points made here are quite in-depth.
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