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Chapter 14 - Maimonides on Human Perfection and the Love of God

from Part VI - Human Ends

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 June 2021

Daniel Frank
Affiliation:
Purdue University, Indiana
Aaron Segal
Affiliation:
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Summary

In this passage, we see Maimonides wrestling with a certain tension in his life: on the one hand, a devotion to his time-consuming obligations as a physician, to healing the sick among the wealthy and the poor; on the other hand, his personal desire for the opportunity to engage in the study of Torah and other religious and philosophical texts. He is torn between two competing values: the life of practical activity and the life of contemplation.

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Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed
A Critical Guide
, pp. 266 - 285
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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