Maimonides (1135-1204) - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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Guide of the Perplexed

Maimonides' reputation as a philosopher rests squarely upon his Guide of the Perplexed (Dalālat al-Hāirīn in Arabic), a work that its author did not regard as being of a philosophical nature. The "perplexed" to whom the Guide is supposed to have been addressed are men who are well grounded in the Jewish religious tradition and have some knowledge of certain philosophical sciences; the disciple to whom Maimonides addresses the "Introductory Epistle" at the beginning of the Guide is said to be conversant with logic and mathematics but not with physics or metaphysics. These semi-intellectuals are regarded by Maimonides as being in a state of mental confusion because they consider that the theses of the Greek sciences contradict religious faith. The word hayra, "perplexity," which is connected with the participle hāʾirīn...

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