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Notes to Hasdai Crescas Rabbi Josef Ibn Shem Tov, the Hebrew translator, says that Crescas wrote another polemical book in Catalan based on quotations . Ḥasdai ben Abraham Crescas, (born , Barcelona?—died , Saragossa, Spain), Spanish philosopher, Talmudic scholar, and critic of the Aristotelian. Hasdai Crescas was a Spanish Jewish philosopher who lived from In The Jewish Religion, Rabbi Louis Jacobs described Crescas as “one of the.

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Because of this disintegration, the Spanish Jewish community did not integrate the new and original mode of thinking of Crescas, and instead went back after his death to different more traditional opinions. Due to the extended period of writing, we can see the development of his thought in the different parts of the work. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.

A year later the King and Queen appointed him as the highest judge of all the Jews in the crown, and bestowed him with a high degree of authority over the Jewish community.

Another important Basdai philosopher of the medieval period was Moses Maimonides Additionally, in the majority of the subjects that Crescas deals with, his opinion is closer to the traditional point of view than is Maimonides’ opinion. In his critique of the Aristotelian position on these subjects, Crescas tries to construct a philosophical defense of what he considers to be the traditional Jewish view.

Cambridge University Press, pp. This emphasis was characteristic of the doctrine of the ”Kabala” as modified by Greek Platonism. The main stream of the medieval Arab Aristotelian opinion on this topic apart from Ibn Sina is that only human knowledge can survive the death of the body.

According to this interpretation, the inner will of humans is under their control, but the regular will that decides their actions is the conclusion of a deterministic psychological process. The turning point of influenced the literary activity of Crescas. Even if I have an infinite dimension, all the real points in this dimension are a finite distance from one another. On this subject see HarveyOfir On the debate about the date of his writing see also Harvey Secondary Sources Ackerman, A.


On this book see Ravitzky In God, the Absolutely Good, they merge into unity. Along with Maimonides “Rambam”Gersonides “Ralbag”and Joseph Albohe is known as one of the major practitioners of the rationalist approach to Jewish philosophy. As a part of his role, he tried to build a new generation of Jewish leaders. The book sets out to protect traditional Judaism by criticizing the Aristotelian formulations proposed by such Jewish philosophers as Moses Maimonides and Levi ben Gershom Gersonides The major trend of Jewish philosophers, and chiefly Maimonides, was to prove that people can come closest to the true understanding of God through philosophy.

In his opinion, the movement of fire is caused by the diverse weights of the different bodies that are aflame, and not by the existence of a natural place. Such is the usual interpretation, and in and of itself this interpretation is accurate.

But the Torah also helps humans to get a spiritual reward in the hereafter. Please try again later. This treatment of the infinite by Crescas and the metaphoric opinion that God is the place of the world, a point Crescas considered as one of God’s attributes, helped Spinoza build his original view that extension is also an attribute of God.

For a long time, Crescas exercised a perceptible influence among Jews only through his pupil, Joseph Albothough he was studied by Don Isaac Abravanel who controverts especially his Messianic theoriesand by Abram Shalom in his Neveh Shalom. After the separation of the soul from the body, the soul stands by it and naturally wants to express its true essence loving God. Things are only possible in their relation to themselves.

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He insisted that Maimonides erred in treating belief in God as a commandment, when it is a presupposed condition of any divine commandment. Thank You for Your Contribution! According to Harvey and Ofir Hasdal wrote it when he was a young student in Rabbi Nissim of Gerondi’s yeshiva. Mirror Sites View this site from another server: On this subject, see Harvey The non-Jewish occidental philosopher had no possibility of direct access to any crescaa his works until the very recent translation of Or Hashem into French.


After this step he argues that the true goal of the soul is not rational knowledge but the love of God. Ofir gives a list of fourteen important rabbis. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Because of his communal activity, Crescas didn’t finish the final edition of the book himself.

One of the more important contributions of Crescas to the history of philosophy is his critique of Aristotelian science. The reason for inherent doubt in the validity of any given miracle is that the people cannot be sure that God and not a human is the author of the miracle. Natural law does not limit God, but whatever is irrational proves neither God’s omnipotence nor His lack of power; God acts hasddai.

Ḥasdai ben Abraham Crescas

According to this opinion, the Jewish community knew Abner’s ideas hasdaai was dismayed by Crescas’s utilization of the apostate’s views. He asserted that there is no contradiction in the idea of empty space or an infinite magnitude; and that all bodies have weight, not a natural tendency upward or downward.

Crescas asserts that revelation alone is competent to establish the unity of God. Critiques of Aristotelian haadai One of the more important contributions of Crescas to the history of philosophy is his critique of Aristotelian science. Crescas devotes the sixth part crezcas the second essay to the question of free will.

A good example of this relation is the quotation in the twelfth letter on the subject regarding the proof of God’s existence. On this pogrom see Netanyahupp.