164 - Man and Superman: Gersonides and the Jewish Reaction to Averroes

The super-commentator Gersonides and other Jews digest the ideas of Averroes.

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Further Reading: 

• J.D. Bleich, Providence in the Philosophy of Gersonides [trans. of Book 4 of the Wars] (New York:  1973).

• S. Feldman (trans.), Levi ben Gershom (Gersonides): The Wars of the Lord, 3 vols (Philadelphia: 1987).

• S. Harvey (trans.), Falaquera’s Epistle of the Debate: An Introduction to Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge MA: 1987).


• G. Dahan (ed.), Gersonides en son temps (Louvain: 1991).

• S. Feldman, Gersonides: Judaism Within the Limits of Reason (Portland: 2000).

• G. Freudenthal (ed.), Studies on Gersonides: a Fourteenth-Century Jewish Philosopher Scientist (Leiden: 1992).

• R. Glasner, “Levi ben Gershom and the Study of Ibn Rushd in the 14th Century,” Jewish Quarterly Review 86 (1995), 51-90. 

S. Harvey, “Arabic into Hebrew: the Hebrew Translation Movement and the Influence of Averroes on Medieval Thought,” in D.H. Frank and O. Leaman (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge: 2003), 258-80

• M. Kellner, Gersonides’ Commentary on Song of Songs (New Haven: 1998).

• T.M. Rudavsky, “Divine Omniscience and Future Contingents in Gersonides,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 21 (1983), 513-36.

• T.M. Rudavsky, “Creation, Time and Infinity in Gersonides,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 26 (1988), 25-44.

• N. Samuelson, “Gersonides’ Account of God’s Knowledge of Particulars,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 10 (1972), 399-416.

• J. Staub, The Creation of the World According to Gersonides (Chico: 1982).

Stanford Encyclopedia:Gersonides

Stanford Encyclopedia: Falaquera