Chasdai Crescas

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Abstract

Chasdai ben Judah Crescas (c. 1340-1410/11) is generally considered to be the last outstanding original Jewish philosopher of the Middle Ages. His trenchant philosophical criticism of the rationalistic thought of his important Aristotelian predecessors, Maimonides (1138-1204) and Gersonides (1288-1344), gives evidence of a fertile mind struggling to replace the accepted scientific verities of the day with traditionally religious, non-philosophical beliefs. Yet there is more to Crescas’ thought than a conservative reaction to perceived rationalistic excesses, since Crescas himself often chose an untraditional opinion if he felt that such a position was warranted. The result of Crescas’ argumentation was a philosophical system which could compete with Aristotelianism on its own terms. Crescas’ unique argumentation and conclusions, however, won few adherents among his contemporaries and successors in the late Middle Ages, even though moderns often point to Crescas’ achievements as a highlight of medieval Jewish thought.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory of Jewish Philosophy
EditorsDaniel H. Frank, Oliver Leaman
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter17
Pages399-414
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)0203983106, 9780203983102
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

Publication series

NameRoutledge history of world philosophies
Volume2

RAMBI Publication

  • rambi
  • Crescas, Hasdaï -- 1340-approximately 1410

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