Maimonides’ Esoteric Attack on Esotericism in the Guide to the Perplexed

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ABSTRACT: Rabbi Moses Maimonides is arguably the greatest Jewish philosopher in history. His commitment to Aristotelian rationalism is famous, but his writings are also known for having an esoteric dimension whereby Maimonides is thought to have hidden his true positions and motivations. In this way, he is truly an esoteric philosopher. In this episode I explore what may to have been one of the esoteric motivations for his writings – to combat the proto-Kabbalah world of Merkavah Mysticism, Jewish Magic, and the Sefer Yetzirah’s radical Metaphysical realism – all the while maintaining his own theory of prophecy as communion with the Divine Agent/Active Intellect and insisting on a form of radical Nominalism . Further, I’ll also explore how the explosive reaction to his writings may have helped to give birth to the Kabbalah as we know it.


This man was a genius in every sense of the word ❤️