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  1. Josef Stern (2013). The Matter and Form of Maimonides' Guide. Harvard University Press.
    1. Matter and form -- 2. Maimonides' theory of the parable -- 3. The parable of adamic perfection -- 4. Physical matter and its limitations on intellects -- 5. Maimonidean skepticism I -- 6. Maimonidean skepticism II -- 7. In the inner chamber of the ruler's palace: the critique of the theory of separate intellects -- 8. The embodied life of an intellect -- 9. Excrement and exegesis, or shame over matter.
     
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  2. Josef Stern (2012). Maimonides on Wars and Their Justification. Journal of Military Ethics 11 (3):245-263.
    Abstract This essay examines the conditions under which the great medieval Jewish rabbinic figure Moses Maimonides (1138?1204) took war to be justified. In particular, it argues that Maimonides did not hold that universal belief in one deity, on the model of a (Christian or Almohad) holy war or religious crusade, is a sufficient condition to justify the pursuit of a war. At most a war is justified if it enables the creation of a monotheistic environment for the Jewish people within (...)
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  3. Josef Stern (2011). Metaphor and Minimalism. Philosophical Studies 153 (2):273 - 298.
    This paper argues first that, contrary to what one would expect, metaphorical interpretations of utterances pass two of Cappelan and Lepore's Minimalist tests for semantic context-sensitivity. I then propose how, in light of that result, one might analyze metaphors on the model of indexicals and demonstratives, expressions that (even) Minimalists agree are semantically context-dependent. This analysis builds on David Kaplan's semantics for demonstratives and refines an earlier proposal in (Stern, Metaphor in context, MIT Press, Cambridge, 2000). In the course of (...)
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  4. Josef Stern (2009). The Maimonidean Parable, the Arabic Poetics, and the Garden of Eden. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 33 (1):209-247.
  5. Radical Contextualism, Josef Stern, James Conant, Michael Kremer, David Finkelstein & Jason Bridges (2007). Nat Hansen. Philosophy 2:2006-2007.
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  6. Josef Stern (2007). The Life and Death of a Metaphor, or the Metaphysics of Metaphor. The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 3 (1).
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  7. Josef Stern (2006). Metaphor, Literal, Literalism. Mind and Language 21 (3):243–279.
    This paper examines the place of metaphorical interpretation in the current Contextualist-Literalist controversy over the role of context in the determination of truth-conditions in general. Although there has been considerable discussion of 'non-literal' language by both sides of this dispute, the language analyzed involves either so-called implicit indexicality, loose or loosened use, enriched interpretations, or semantic transfer, not metaphor itself. In the first half of the paper, I critically evaluate Recanati's (2004) recent Contextualist account and show that it cannot account (...)
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  8. Josef Stern (2005). Maimonides' Epistemology. In Kenneth Seeskin (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Maimonides. Cambridge University Press. 105.
  9. Josef Stern (2003). Review: Unshadowed Thought: Representation in Thought and Language. [REVIEW] Mind 112 (448):805-812.
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  10. Josef Stern (2001). Maimonides' Demonstrations: Principles and Practice. Medieval Philosophy and Theology 10 (1):47-84.
    It is well known that Maimonides rejects the Kalam argument for the existence of God because it assumes the temporal creation of the world, a premise for which he says there is no 1 By contrast, he claims to establish belief in the existence of God (I:71:182). Taken at his word, Maimonidess five ways, have traditionally been read as models of medieval natural theology: of the power of human reason to independently establish revealed truth. In recent years, however, the same (...)
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  11. Josef Stern (2001). Knowledgeby Metaphor. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 25 (1):187–226.
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  12. Nathaniel Deutsch, Joel Kraemer, Josef Stern, Hannah Kasher, David Barzilai, Irene Kajon, Carolina Armenteros & Ilan Gur-Ze'ev (1999). Brill Online Books and Journals. Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 8 (1).
     
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  13. Joel Kraemer & Josef Stern (1999). Shlomo Pines on the Translation of Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed. Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 8 (1):13-24.
  14. Josef Stern (1997). Metaphors in Pictures. Philosophical Topics 25 (1):255-293.
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  15. Josef Stern (1997). The Fall and Rise of Myth in Ritual: Maimonides Versus Nahmanides on the Huqqim, Astrology, and the War Against Idolatry. Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 6 (2):185-263.
  16. Josef Stern (1992). Maimonidean Studies. Review of Metaphysics 46 (1):160-162.
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  17. Josef Stern (1991). What Metaphors Do Not Mean. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 16 (1):13-52.
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  18. Josef Stern (1985). Metaphor as Demonstrative. Journal of Philosophy 82 (12):677-710.
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  19. Josef Stern (1983). Metaphor and Grammatical Deviance. Noûs 17 (4):577-599.
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