As with the Maimonidean
"principles of faith," doctrine has occasionally found its way even into the liturgy.
unacknowledged exponents of its positions: Enlightenment rationalism, historical romanticism, neo-Kantianism, or existentialism (whether in its Nietzschean, Kierkegaardian, or Heideggerian variety)," so that examining their arguments in appropriately thorough detail would amount to judging those various positions by Maimonidean
standards and would have the potential benefit it had for Strauss, namely, vindicating Maimonides' thought as superior to that of his modern critics.
The presence of Al-Farabilooms too large in the first instance, and that of Kant in the second, to allow the emergence of what is distinctively Jewish and indeed distinctively Maimonidean
in Maimonides, Kellner argues.
This circular-reciprocal relationship, a cornerstone of the Maimonidean
system, is formulated in an adjacent passage of the Moreh as follows: "Do you not see the following fact?
The informed reader will recognize that the approach in the text is somewhat Maimonidean
Actually, he is a Maimonidean
, on the subject of this book.
It would not satisfy the Maimonidean
proviso if the gentile merely believed that it was sinful, that it would be a violation of a divine law (like Antigone, or Cicero, or Grotius); but no, he must refrain from the act because it was enjoined in the Torah as given to Moses.
Critique of Thomistic Analogy, JOSEPH A.
That prayer, moreover, was twice the length of the Maimonidean
confessional formula quoted above.
For an assessment of Strauss's influence on Maimonidean
studies in general and the question of intentional contradictions in particular, see Aviezer Ravitsky, "The Secrets of the Guide to the Perplexed: Between the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries," in Studies in Maimonides.
It is, thus, abundantly clear that YHVH-'Adonai and 'Elohim-'Elohah-'Elohei/ai are overwhelmingly the most common names of God (9459 in number, with YHVH-'Adonai being 68 percent of the Maimonidean
list of names, 'Elohim-'Elohah-'Elohei/ai being 25.
conception of volition and its role in repentance and ethical self-correction are quite un-Aristotelian.
Yet, when we examine Rav Kook's attitude toward Maimonidean
thought, the picture becomes much more ambiguous and complex.
The locus classicus for this problem is the Maimonidean
claim that one is required to believe in God's existence by Torah law, whereas for Nahmanides, this belief is a condition rather than a requirement of the law.
Wolfson, The Philosophy of Spinoza (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1934), 2:302-11; Harvey, "A Portrait of Spinoza as a Maimonidean
," 167, claims a distinctively Maimonidean
lineage for this notion; see Moses Maimonides, Guide of the Perplexed, trans.