22 February 2011

Maimonides (In Our Time)

Maimonides (In Our Time) [BBC Radio -- streaming via BBC iPlayer]

Programme Description:
Melvyn Bragg and his guests (John Haldane Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, Sarah Stroumsa Alice and Jack Ormut Professor of Arabic Studies and currently Rector at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Peter Adamson Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King's College London) discuss the work and influence of Maimonides.
Abstract:
Widely regarded as the greatest Jewish philosopher of the medieval period, Maimonides was also a physician and rabbinical authority. Also known as Rambam, his writings include a 14-volume work on Jewish law, the Mishneh Torah, which is still widely used today, and the Guide for the Perplexed, a central work of medieval philosophy. Although undoubtedly a titan of Jewish intellectual history, Maimonides was also profoundly influenced by the Islamic world. He exerted a strong influence on later Islamic philosophy, as well as on thinkers ranging from Thomas Aquinas to Leibniz and Newton.
Link: Maimonides (In Our Time)



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