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Time Matters
Time, Creation, and Cosmology in Medieval Jewish Philosophy
Time Matters
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T.M. Rudavsky - Author
SUNY series in Jewish Philosophy
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Hardcover - 287 pages
Release Date: February 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4453-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4453-5

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Release Date: February 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4454-6
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Traces the development of the concepts of time, cosmology, and creation in medieval Jewish philosophy.

Despite the importance of time and cosmology to Western thought, surprisingly little attention has been paid to these issues in histories of Jewish philosophy. Focusing on how medieval philosophers constructed a philosophical theology that was sensitive to religious constraints and yet also incorporated compelling elements of science and philosophy, T. M. Rudavsky traces the development of the concepts of time, cosmology, and creation in the writings of Ibn Gabirol, Maimonides, Gersonides, Crescas, Spinoza, and others.

"The topic is significant, especially now in view of the renewed interest in scientific cosmology and its relation to religion, but it is also of great importance for the history of medieval Jewish, Christian, and Islamic philosophy. The book covers a wide range of difficult, often technical philosophical ideas and theories in a highly analytical and systematic fashion, and I especially like the author's consistent ability to sketch out the arguments of these thinkers in a careful and lucid way. She also displays considerable erudition in both original sources and scholarly literature, regardless of whether the discussions are historical or philosophical. I found the book interesting and illuminating." -- Barry S. Kogan, author of Averroes and the Metaphysics of Causation

T. M. Rudavsky is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University. She is the editor of Divine Omniscience and Omnipotence in Medieval Philosophy: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Perspectives and Gender and Judaism: The Transformation of Tradition.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. TIME AND COSMOLOGY IN ATHENS AND JERUSALEM
Introduction
Biblical Conceptions of Time
Rabbinical Models of Time and Creation
Time, Order, and Creation in the Greek Philosophical Tradition
Ancient Greek Astronomy and Cosmology
Plotinus and the Neoplatonist Tradition
Conclusion

2. TIME, CREATION, AND COSMOLOGY
Introduction
Astronomy and Cosmology: The True Perplexity Revealed
Creation Models in Maimonides
Creation, Time, and the Instant in Gersonides
Creation, Time and Duration in Crescas
The Subjectivity of Time according to Albo
Scripture, Philosophy, and the First Instant of Creation
Conclusion

3. TIME, MOTION, AND THE INSTANT: JEWISH PHILOSOPHERS CONFRONT ZENO
Introduction
Traversing the Infinite: Zeno, Aristotle, and John Philoponus
Jewish Neoplatonic Considerations of Infinite Divisibility
Meeting the Kalam Challenge: Kalam Atomism Described
Rejection of Kalam Atomism: Saadia Gaon, Halevi, Ibn Daud, and Maimonides
Gersonides on the Continuum
Crescas on Infinity, Space, and the Vacuum
Conclusion

4. TEMPORALITY, HUMAN FREEDOM, AND DIVINE OMNISCIENCE
Introduction
The Problem Defined: Aristotle's Sea-Flight Paradox
Astrological Determinism and Human Freedom
Compatibilism in Jewish Kalam: Saadia Gaon and Halevi
Maimoides' Compatibilism
Incompatibilist Response of Ibn Daud
Omniscience and Human Freedom in Gersonides
Indeterminism and Prophecy
The Challenge of Determinism: Crescas on Divine Knowledge and Possibility
Conclusion

5. PRELUDE TO MODERNITY
Introduction
Newton and His Philosophical Precursors
Spinoza's Metaphysical Monism
Time, Duration, and Creation: Spinoza and Descartes Compared
Substance, Infinity, and Divisibility in Spinoza
The Role layed by Imagination
Spinoza on Divine Omniscience and Human Freedom
Conclusion

CONCLUSION: ETERNITY A PARTE POST, INDIVIDUATION AND, IMMORTALITY

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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