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Maimonides' "Guide of the Perplexed" in Translation: A History from the Thirteenth Century to the Twentieth
edited by Josef Stern, James T. Robinson and Yonatan Shemesh
University of Chicago Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-226-45763-5 | eISBN: 978-0-226-62787-8
Library of Congress Classification BM545.D35M326 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 181.06

Moses Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed is the greatest philosophical text in the history of Jewish thought and a major work of the Middle Ages. For almost all of its history, however, the Guide has been read and commented upon in translation—in Hebrew, Latin, Spanish, French, English, and other modern languages—rather than in its original Judeo-Arabic. This volume is the first to tell the story of the translations and translators of Maimonides’ Guide and its impact in translation on philosophy from the Middle Ages to the present day. 
A collection of essays by scholars from a range of disciplines, the book unfolds in two parts. The first traces the history of the translations of the Guide, from medieval to modern renditions. The second surveys its influence in translation on Latin scholastic, early modern, and contemporary Anglo-American philosophy, as well as its impact in translation on current scholarship. Interdisciplinary in approach, this book will be essential reading for philosophers, historians, and religious studies scholars alike.

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