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Haliva, Racheli

Isaac Polqar—A Jewish Philosopher or a Philosopher and a Jew?

Philosophy and Religion in Isaac Polqar’s ʿEzer ha-Dat and Tešuvat Epiqoros

Series:Jewish Thought, Philosophy and Religion 3

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    To date, scholars have skilfully discussed aspects of Polqar’s thought, and yet none of the existing studies offers a comprehensive examination that covers Polqar’s thought in its entirety. This book aims to fill this lacuna by tracing and contextualizing both Polqar’s Islamic sources (al-Fārābī, Avicenna, and Averroes) and his Jewish sources (Maimonides and Isaac Albalag). The study brings to light three of Polqar’s main purposes; (1) seeking to defend Judaism as a true religion against Christianity; (2) similarly to his fellow Jewish Averroists, Polqar wishes to defend the discipline of philosophy. By philosophy, Polqar means Averroes' interpretation of Aristotle. As a consequence, he offers an Averroistic interpretation of Judaism and becomes one of the main representatives of Jewish Averroism; (3) defending his philosophical interpretation of Judaism. From a social and political point of view, Polqar's unreserved embrace of philosophy raised problems within the Jewish community; he had to refute the Jewish traditionalists’ charge that he was a heretic, led astray by philosophy.The main objective guiding this study is that Polqar advances a systematic naturalistic interpretation of Judaism, which in many cases does not agree with traditional Jewish views.


    24.0 x 17.0 cm
    Approx. viii, 260 pages
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    Jewish Averroism; Maimonideans; Medieval Jewish Philosophy; Medieval Aristotlism

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    Racheli Haliva, Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, Hamburg, Germany.

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