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The Radical Enlightenment of Solomon MaimonJudaism, Heresy, and Philosophy$
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Abraham P. Socher

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804751360

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804751360.001.0001

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Maimon's Medieval Desire: The Hesheq Shelomo

Maimon's Medieval Desire: The Hesheq Shelomo

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The Radical Enlightenment of Solomon Maimon
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Drawing on his unpublished Hebrew manuscript, Hesheq Shelomo, this chapter examines Solomon Maimon's philosophy in the context of his concept of philosophical and theological perfectionism. It also considers the significance of this perfectionism in understanding the thought of the early Haskala and its dialogue, or debate, with Hasidism and the Mitnaged party of rabbinic traditionalism. Maimon shared a particular set of intellectual contexts and traditions with other Maskilim such as Moses Mendelssohn, Isaac Satanov, and Isaac Euchel. This chapter explores how the medieval philosophy of Moses Maimonides and his successors occupied a central place in Jewish Enlightenment during the eighteenth century. It also analyzes Maimon's idiosyncratic but influential post-Kantian idealism.

Keywords:   Solomon Maimon, Hesheq Shelomo, philosophical perfectionism, theological perfectionism, Haskala, Hasidism, Maskilim, Jewish Enlightenment, Moses Maimonides, idealism

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