Maimonides on Intellect, Imagination and Knowing God
This thesis provides an examination of Moses Maimonides’ views on the relationship between the intellect and the imagination, and its role in apprehending knowledge of God. Because this subject is broad, this thesis focuses its analysis on the corporeal terms Maimonides uses to describe angels in Part I, Chapter 49 of The Guide of the Perplexed. The introduction focuses on the process for both selecting the topic of this thesis and determining the topic’s relevance. Part I introduces the appropriate methods for analyzing Maimonides’ writing, focusing on the information and instruction he provides in the introduction to The Guide of the Perplexed. Part II expands on the introduction and explains why and how this thesis focuses its investigation of Maimonides’ philosophy. Part III analyzes Maimonides portrayal of angels as intellectual in Part I, Chapter 49. Part IV analyzes Maimonides portrayal of angels as imaginative in Part I, Chapter 49, a portrayal that seems to contradict the previous intellectual portrayal. Part V resolves the contradiction raised by Part III and Part IV to reveal Maimonides’s beliefs about the relationship between the intellect and the imagination and its role in apprehending God.
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