Levinas and Maimonides: From metaphysics to ethical negative theology

After an initially sympathetic reading of Maimonides, Levinas develops an ambivalent attitude toward the Great Eagle, whom he views as a champion of intellectualist Judaism. Nevertheless, insights from the early engagement with Maimonides are carried forth into the central claims of Totality and Infinity regarding freedom, creation, particularity and transcendence. Levinas' arguments are directed at Heidegger but can also be seen as a phenomenological repetition of the medieval dispute about the eternity of the world. Later, Levinas continues this engagement with Maimonides by transforming the latter's negative theology into what I call ethical negative theology.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/105369908785822133
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,220
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Comments on Maimonides' Negative Theology.Joseph A. Buijs - 1975 - New Scholasticism 49 (1):87-93.
Levinas's Jewish Thought: Between Jerusalem and Athens.Ephraim Meir - 2008 - The Hebrew University Magnes Press.
Essays on Maimonides.Moses Maimonides & Salo Wittmayer Baron (eds.) - 1941 - New York: American Mathematical Society.
The Negative Theology of Maimonides and Aquinas.Joseph A. Buijs - 1988 - Review of Metaphysics 41 (4):723 - 738.
Sanctity and Silence.Kenneth Seeskin - 2002 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (1):7-24.
On Negative Theology.Hilary Putnam - 1997 - Faith and Philosophy 14 (4):407-422.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

63 ( #82,741 of 2,164,591 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #188,391 of 2,164,591 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums