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Metaphor and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Thought

Moses ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, Moses Maimonides, and Shem Tov ibn Falaquera

Authors: Roberts-Zauderer, Dianna Lynn

  • Explores metaphor and imagination in medieval Arabic Aristotelian and Jewish thought
  • Discusses how metaphoric language creates conceptual figuration that require imagination to unravel meaning
  • Examines medieval Jewish thought in relation to both Islamo-Arabic and Christian Scholastic traditions
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This book reveals how Moses ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, Moses Maimonides, and Shem Tov ibn Falaquera understood metaphor and imagination, and their role in the way human beings describe God. It demonstrates how these medieval Jewish thinkers engaged with Arabic-Aristotelian psychology, specifically with regard to imagination and its role in cognition. Dianna Lynn Roberts-Zauderer reconstructs the process by which metaphoric language is taken up by the imagination and the role of imagination in rational thought. If imagination is a necessary component of thinking, how is Maimonides’ idea of pure intellectual thought possible? An examination of select passages in the Guide, in both Judeo-Arabic and translation, shows how Maimonides’ attitude towards imagination develops, and how translations contribute to a bifurcation of reason and imagination that does not acknowledge the nuances of the original text. Finally, the author shows how Falaquera’s poetics forges a new direction for thinking about imagination. 


About the authors

Dianna Lynn Roberts-Zauderer holds a PhD in Religion and Jewish studies from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has previously worked as a radio documentary producer, journalist, and Shoah Foundation interviewer.


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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Metaphor and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Thought
Book Subtitle
Moses ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, Moses Maimonides, and Shem Tov ibn Falaquera
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-29422-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-29422-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-29421-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 267
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