Maimonides for Moderns

A Statement of Contemporary Jewish Philosophy

  • Ira Bedzow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 293-350

About this book


This book aims to construct a contemporary Jewish philosophy that accounts for virtue ethics or, rather, to give Jewish virtue ethics a contemporary language for its expression. Ira Bedzow draws significantly on the work of Moses Maimonides and his religio-philosophical explanation of Jewish ethics. However, Bedzow moves away from various aspects of Maimonides’s Aristotelian biology, physics, metaphysics, and psychology. The objective of the volume is to integrate the normative principles of the Jewish tradition into everyday life. While the book translates Jewish ethics from a medieval, Aristotelian framework into a contemporary one, it also serves as a means for Judaism to continue as a living tradition.  


maimonides jewish studies judaic studies moses judaism soloveichik

Authors and affiliations

  • Ira Bedzow
    • 1
  1. 1.New York Medical CollegeWhite PlainsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44572-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44573-1
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