Readings in the Thought of Moses Maimonides

Course Description: 

Schedule:

May 27 - June 4

Moses ben Maimon (Maimonides), of twelfth-century Egypt, was arguably the greatest Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages, active mainly in Jewish law and philosophy. His two main works are Mishneh Torah (Code) and Guide of the Perplexed. We will read selections from these and other works, in English translation, to acquire a broad understanding of Maimonides’ views on the main problems of religious philosophy: Epistemology, God, Cosmology, Humanity, History.

Learning Outcomes: 

Students will be able to handle discussions of these themes by any of the religious philosophers of the Middle Ages, from Philo to Spinoza, be they Jewish, Christian or Muslim.

Assessment: 

Students will be evaluated based on a short written exercise.