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Arama, Isaac ben Moses (c.1420–94)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-J027-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Like many of his fifteenth-century Spanish contemporaries, Arama opposed the Aristotelianism of Maimonides. His philosophical sermons and biblical commentaries attack Jewish Aristotelians on charges of subordinating revelation to reasoning, upholding an eternal universe whose necessity limits God’s power, and excluding miracles and individual providence. Yet while stressing the fallibility of human reason, Arama is no fideist. An eclectic, he values reason and philosophy as ways of deepening the understanding of Scripture through allegorical interpretation. He also develops striking philosophical theories of miracles, providence and the fundamentals of faith.

Citing this article:
Stern, Josef. Arama, Isaac ben Moses (c.1420–94), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-J027-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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