Ibn Kaspi, Joseph

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Josef Ibn Kaspi lived in Provence and traveled in Egypt, Majorca, Aragon, and Castile. He probably made his living through moneylending, with the help of his wife. He wrote more than 25 different books, the majority of which deal with Biblical exegesis, Hebrew grammar, and moral philosophy. He also wrote two commentaries on the Guide of the Perplexed and commentaries on Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Ethics. In terms of philosophy, R. Kaspi was a member of the Averroist trend in Jewish thought. As some other members of this school, R. Kaspi wrote in an “esoteric” way. Moreover, he seemingly contradicted himself on a number of subjects, making it difficult to elicit and understand his true philosophical positions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy
EditorsMarco Sgarbi
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-02848-4
StatePublished - 2019


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