Authors
Owen Goldin
Marquette University
Abstract
Within The Guide of the Perplexed Maimonides presents an argument that is intended to render probable the temporal creation of the cosmos. In one of these arguments Maimonides adopts the Kalamic strategy of arguing for the necessity of there being a “particularizing” agent. Maimonides argues that even one who grants Aristotelian science can still ask why the heavenly realm is as it is, to which there is no reply forthcoming but “God so willed it.” The argument is effective against the Arabic Neoplatonic Aristotelians, but not against Aristotle himself. Aristotle’s response to Maimonides would be that the latter is in effect asking, “Why are there the essences there are?”, a question that Aristotle would take to be fundamentally misplaced, since he holds that the existence of the theoretical primitives of every science is to be assumed. Nevertheless, Maimonides’ challenge has force for those who recognize a demand for a metaphysical explanation for there being those kinds of things posited as primitive by the natural sciences.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 1053-8364
DOI jpr_1992_19
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 51,668
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
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

Essays on Maimonides.Moses Maimonides & Salo Wittmayer Baron (eds.) - 1941 - New York: American Mathematical Society.
The Moral Philosophy of Maimonides.A. Broadie - 1988 - Journal of Medical Ethics 14 (4):200-203.
Leaving the Garden.Joshua Parens - 2006 - Philosophy and Theology 18 (2):219-246.
The Development of Maimonides’ Moral Psychology.Daniel H. Frank - 2002 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (1):89-105.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-02-17

Total views
4 ( #1,172,002 of 2,331,483 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #396,513 of 2,331,483 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes