Adrian Sackson, Ph.D. (2016), New York University, is a Teaching Fellow at Tel Aviv University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Al Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences. He has published articles on medieval Jewish philosophy and American Pragmatism.
All interested in medieval philosophy and/or Jewish thought, especially scholars and students with an interest in the evolution of philosophy in the Hebrew language after Maimonides.
Table of contents
Introduction: Joseph Ibn Kaspi: An Intellectual Portrait
Ibn Kaspi in Modern Research
A Classical Jewish Philosopher
A Note on Methodologies
Structure of This Study
1 A Hebrew Philosopher in Medieval Provence
Who was Joseph Ibn Kaspi?
What Did Joseph Ibn Kaspi Write?
2 (Jewish) Philosophy as a Way of Life: Joseph Ibn Kaspi’s Intellectual Project
Philosophy as a Way of Life: Hadot
Jewish Philosophy as a Way of Life
Intellection and Conjunction: Ibn Kaspi on Human Perfection
A Goal for the Elite
Ibn Kaspi on the Jewish Philosophical Life: Halakhah and Human Perfection
Halakhic Practice, Talmudic Learning, and the Pursuit of Philosophy
A Jewish-Philosophical Curriculum
Joseph Ibn Kaspi’s Intellectual Project
3 Joseph Ibn Kaspi as Interpreter of Maimonides and Maimonidean Interpreter
Secrecy and Exegesis: Esoteric Religion in Ibn Kaspi and Maimonides
Ibn Kaspi’s Commentaries on the Guide of the Perplexed
Judaism through two Maimonidean Lenses
4 The Republic in Hebrew: Ibn Kaspi and Platonic Political Thought
The Republic in Arabic
The Republic in Hebrew: Samuel ben Judah of Marseilles
Ibn Kaspi’s ‘Offering of Silver’: Its nature and purpose
Key Themes in Ibn Kaspi’s Summary of the Republic
Terumat ha-Kesef and Ibn Kaspi’s voice
Gender: A Platonic Approach
Conclusion: Platonic Political Reverberations
5 Rationalistic Messianism and the Vicissitudes of History
‘The Silver is Spent’
Ibn Kaspi’s Conception of History
Was Ibn Kaspi a ‘Proto-Zionist’?
Ibn Kaspi, Abulafia, Spinoza: Originality and Influence
Conclusions: Disarming the Messiah
Appendix 1: Joseph Ibn Kaspi, Terumat ha-Kesef: Summary of Plato’s Republic
Appendix 2: Joseph Ibn Kaspi, Tam ha-Kesef, Eighth Discourse: Critical Edition and Annotated English Translation