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Maimonides — between Dogmatism and Liberalism / הרמב"ם — בין דוגמטיקה לליברליות

אלי גורפינקל and Eli Gurfinkel
Daat: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy & Kabbalah / דעת: כתב-עת לפילוסופיה יהודית וקבלה
No. 60 (חורף תשס"ז), pp. 5-28
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24220847
Page Count: 24
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Abstract

This article concerns Maimonides' doctrine of freedom of opinion in the domain of thought. Maimonides appears as a dogmatic thinker who enumerates the principles of Judaism, sets boundaries to faith and integrates decisions on thought and philosophy into his works on Jewish Law. On the other hand, a series of citations supports the inverse view that he shows tolerance in facilitating pluralism of opinion. The paper suggests possible models for resolving this contradiction, determines which view is the correct one and clarifies Maimonides' own point of view on this question.

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