Reading Maimonides' Philosophy in 19th Century Germany

The Guide to Religious Reform

  • George Y. Kohler

Part of the Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Philosophy book series (ASJT, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. George Y. Kohler
    Pages 1-31
  3. Maimonides: The Guide for the Reform Movement in Germany

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. George Y. Kohler
      Pages 35-55
    3. George Y. Kohler
      Pages 57-86
    4. George Y. Kohler
      Pages 87-127
    5. George Y. Kohler
      Pages 129-153
  4. Specific Problems in the Reception of Maimonides’ Philosophy in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Germany

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. George Y. Kohler
      Pages 157-185
    3. George Y. Kohler
      Pages 187-248
    4. George Y. Kohler
      Pages 249-307
    5. George Y. Kohler
      Pages 309-341
    6. George Y. Kohler
      Pages 343-348
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 349-373

About this book


The general subject of the book is the re-discovery of Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed by the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement in Germany of the nineteenth and beginning twentieth Germany. Since this movement is inseparably connected with religious reforms that took place at about the same time, it shall be demonstrated how the Reform Movement in Judaism used the Guide for its own agenda of historizing, rationalizing and finally turning Judaism into a philosophical enterprise of ‘ethical monotheism’.
The study follows the reception of Maimonidean thought, and the Guide specifically, through the nineteenth century, from the first beginnings of early reformers in 1810 and their reading of Maimonides to the development of a sophisticated reform-theology, based on Maimonides, in the writings of Hermann Cohen more then a hundred years later.


Hermann Cohen Judaism Kant Maimonides Religious Philosophy Theology Torah reform rabbis religion of reason

Authors and affiliations

  • George Y. Kohler
    • 1
  1. 1., FB 6Ben Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael

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