<biography, history of philosophy> jewish philosopher and theologian (1135-1204) whose Sefer ha-Mizvot (Book of Commandments) codified Talmudic law. In Moreh Nevukhim (Guide to the Perplexed) (1190), Maimonides offered for the benefit of the intellectually elite an effective synthesis of medieval Judaism with the philosophy of Aristotle. On this view, reason is the primary source for human knowledge, but it remains acceptable to rely upon faith in cases beyond the reach of rationality. Maimonides's opposition to the neoplatonism of al-Farabi and Ibn Sina was a significant influence on the work of Aquinas and Spinoza. Recommended Reading: Ethical Writings of Maimonides, ed. by Charles E. Butterworth (Dover, 1983); Maimonides Reader, ed. by Isadore Twersky (Behrman House, 1989); Jose Faur, Homo Mysticus: A Guide to Maimonides's Guide for the Perplexed (Syracuse, 1999); Marvin Fox, Interpreting Maimonides: Studies in Methodology, Metaphysics, and Moral Philosophy (Chicago, 1995); Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Maimonides and St. Thomas on the Limits of Reason (SUNY, 1995); and Maimonides: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. by Joseph A. Buijs (Notre Dame, 1990).
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