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Isaac Israeli: A Neoplatonic Philosopher of the Early Tenth Century
by Isaac Israeli
translated by Alexander Altmann and Samuel M. Stern
foreword by Alfred L. Ivry
University of Chicago Press, 2009
eISBN: 978-0-226-01615-3 | Paper: 978-0-226-01613-9
Library of Congress Classification B759.I82E5 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 181.06

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Recognized as one of the earliest Jewish neo-Platonist writers, Isaac ben Solomon Israeli (ca. 855–955) influenced Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scholars through the Middle Ages. A native of Egypt who wrote in Arabic, Israeli explored definitions of such terms as imagination, sense-perception, desire, love, creation, and “coming-to-be” in his writings.


This classic volume contains English translations of Israeli’s philosophical writings, including the Book of Definitions, the Book of Substances, and the Book on Spirit and Soul. Additionally, Isaac Israeli features a biographical sketch of the philosopher and extensive notes and comments on the texts, as well as a survey and appraisal of his philosophy. Restored to print for the first time in decades, Isaac Israeli will be essential reading for students and scholars of medieval philosophy and Jewish studies.




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