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Bar Hayya, Abraham (c.1016–c.1136)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-J009-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Abraham bar Hayya (also called bar Hiyya) sought to reconcile Jewish tradition with contemporary philosophical thought, in his case that received from Arabic sources. Generally considered to be a Neoplatonist whose philosophy is enriched with Aristotelian accretions, he has also been called the first Jewish Aristotelian. He pioneered the writing of philosophy in Hebrew, and his work influenced later Jewish philosophers and the Kabbalah.

Citing this article:
Wigoder, Geoffrey. Bar Hayya, Abraham (c.1016–c.1136), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-J009-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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