Cambridge University Press (2005)

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Kenneth Seeskin
Northwestern University
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Although Maimonides' discussion of creation is one of his greatest contributions - he himself claims that belief in creation is second in importance only to belief in God - there is still considerable debate on what that contribution was. Kenneth Seeskin takes a close look at the problems Maimonides faced and the sources from which he drew. He argues that Maimonides meant exactly what he said: the world was created by a free act of God so that the existence of everything other than God is contingent. In religious terms, existence is a gift. In order to reach this conclusion, Seeskin examines Maimonides' view of God, miracles, the limits of human knowledge, and the claims of astronomy to be a science. Clearly written and closely argued, Maimonides on the Origin of the World takes up questions of perennial interest.
Keywords Creation  Philosophy, Ancient  Philosophy, Medieval  Philosophy, Jewish
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Reprint years 2006, 2007, 2009
Call number B759.M34.S44 2005
ISBN(s) 9780511614620   9780521697521   9780521845533   9780511345876
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