Science in the Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Traditions Hardback
Part of the Variorum Collected Studies series
Two major themes run through these studies by Gad Freudenthal: science and philosophy in the medieval Hebrew tradition; and the repercussions of Greek theories of matter in the medieval Arabic and Hebrew scientific traditions.
The opening essays offer a sociologically-informed picture of the acceptance or rejection of the sciences among medieval Jews in Southern France.
This is followed by studies of individual figures: on Gersonides' thought; on Maimonides' and Gersonides' respective views of astrology; on al-FAcrAcbA (R)'s philosophy of geometry; and two notes (translated from Hebrew) on less well-known thinkers. The second part of the volume is thematic; a study identifying in Anaximander's theory of matter the fountainhead of a long-lasting scientific problematique is followed by five essays on its reverberations in the works of authors as different as Saadia Gaon, Avicenna, Averroes, Shem-Tov Ibn Falaqera and the author of the mystic Sefer ha-maskil.
They all sought and gave accounts for the unity and persistence of the cosmos, in which metaphysics often complements physics, some echoing Stoic physics, a topic to which special attention is devoted.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 372 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 21/02/2005
- Category: Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600
- ISBN: 9780860789529