Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Spinoza and Maimonides - Introduction

In his Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, Baruch Spinoza presents a general critique of traditional Judaism and Christianity. A substantial portion of his work is directed against the views and methodology of Maimonides (the Rambam), who epitomized then - as he does now - the rational approach to Orthodoxy. This is the first in a (not necessarily consecutive) series of posts that will explore, evaluate and respond to the main problems that Spinoza raises with respect to Maimonidean theology.

The first area we will consider is Spinoza's analysis of the nature of prophecy, its objective and its reliability as a source of knowledge. This includes Spinoza's critique of Maimonides' general method of interpreting Scripture, which will serve as our point of departure in the post to follow.

Then we will look at Spinoza's dispute with Maimonides regarding the definition of Divine Law in general.

Finally, we will examine Spinoza's understanding of the Torah's commandments and their purpose, comparing and contrasting his approach with the religious vision of Maimonides.

Throughout the series, I will be referring to the translation of the Tractatus by Samuel Shirley, which is available from Hackett Publishing Company.

(Please note that I will not always present subtopics in the order in which they appear in the TTP.)

I hope to complete the first installment of this study today...So keep checking back!

62 comments:

littlefoxling said...

sounds like a great series. can't wait

jewish philosopher said...

I can't believe that someone else really Frum actually is making a blog!!!

Thank you and good luck!

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