Maimonides' sense of history

Kenneth Seeskin*

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Abstract

Although it is often said that Maimonides lacked a sense of history, the truth is that he lacked our sense of history, which means a sense of history according to which historical change produces conceptual change. This article explores his use of historical materials to explain the reasons for many of the commandments as well as his commitment to the stability of human nature and scientific knowledge. Though much of his view is no longer credible, his belief in the contingency of historical change has much to recommend it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-145
Number of pages17
JournalJewish History
Volume18
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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