Spinoza and Medieval Jewish Philosophy

2015.06.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven Nadler (ed.), Spinoza and Medieval Jewish Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 239pp., $95.99 (hbk) ISBN
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2015.06.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven Nadler (ed.), Spinoza and Medieval Jewish Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 239pp., $95.99 (hbk) ISBN 9781107037861.   Reviewed by Daniel Frank, Purdue University The connective 'and' in the title of this collection does considerable work. It serves to bridge Spinoza with his predecessors in Jewish philosophy in a variety of ways, both comparative and more directly chronological. For some decades now, commencing with Warren Zev Harvey's classic 1981 article, "A Portrait of Spinoza as a Maimonidean",[1] there has been much work done on tracing Spinoza's philosophical lineage beyond that of so-called "continental rationalism". The lens is wider than that. More and more we see Spinoza as indebted (malgré lui) to Maimonides and Gersonides no less than to Descartes and Hobbes. And such indebtedness, carrying in its train a salutary muddying of the historiographical story we tell our students,. . .

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