Maimonides on Causality

  • Arthur Hyman
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idees / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 114)


By his own admission, Maimonides does not devote any special section of his Guide of the Perplexed to any purely philosophic subject;1 hence, no part of the work is devoted to a discussion of causality. Nevertheless, there appears barely any topic in the Guide on which causality does not have some bearing. It forms part of the discussion of divine attributes, critique of the Kalam, proofs of the existence, unity and incorporeality of God, creation, prophecy, good and evil, divine knowledge and will, and even philosophy of law. A synoptic presentation of Maimonides’ views concerning causality is, therefore, a desideratum of Maimonidean scholarship.


Celestial Body Divine Attribute Medieval Philosophy Divine Omnipotence Uniform Circular Motion 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht / Boston / Lancaster 1986

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