A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy by Isaac Husik

By Isaac Husik

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As a physician he was probably more a t home in purely physical discussions than Saadia. But there is no evidence that he had the larger interest of the Gaon of Sura, namely, to construct a system of Judaism upon the basis of scientific doctrine. Possibly the example of Islam was lacking in Israeli's environment, as he does not seem to be acquainted with the theories and discussions of the Mutakallimun, and draws his information from Aristotelian and Neo-Platonic sources. ^' The work is arranged on the ~u'tazilitemodel.

Besides they do not understand what constitutes proof: I n man we say that his life and his knowledge are not his essence because we see that he sometimes has them and sometimes not. I n God this is not the case. Again, why only three? They say essence, life, wisdom; why do they not add power, or hearing and seeing? If they think that power is implied in life, and hearing and seeing in wisdom, so is life implied in wisdom. " "Word" denotes, they say, his attribute of wisdom, and "Spirit" his life, as distinct persons.

In addition to these two sources of immediate knowledge, there is a third source based upon these two. This is logical inference. We are led to believe what we have not directly perceived or a matter concerning which we have no immediate knowledge of the second kind, because we infer it from something else which we have perceived or of which we have immediate certainty. Thus we believe man has a soul though we have never seen it because we infer its presence from its activity, which we do see. These three sources are universal.

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