A symposium in honor of Alfred Ivry’s
Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed: A Philosophical Guide
Light reception to follow
About the author and book
Alfred L. Ivry
is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU. Drawing on a lifetime of study, he has written the definitive guide to the
—one that makes it comprehensible and exciting to even those relatively unacquainted with Maimonides’ thought, while also offering an original and provocative interpretation that will command the interest of scholars. Ivry offers a chapter-by-chapter exposition of the widely accepted Shlomo Pines translation of the text along with a clear paraphrase that clarifies the key terms and concepts. Corresponding analyses take readers more deeply into the text, exploring the philosophical issues it raises, many dealing with metaphysics in both its ontological and epistemic aspects.
About the speakers
is Associate Professor in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU. An expert in modern Jewish philosophy, he has authored and edited four books. His new book,
Jewish Protestantism: Translation and the Turn to the Bible in German Judaism
will be published by Oxford University Press.
l is the Gruss Professor at NYU Law School, a Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Hebrew University, and a member of the Israel’s National Academy for Sciences and the Humanities.
is a historian of Jewish life and culture in the Islamic world, specializing in the religious and intellectual intersections of medieval Judaism and Islam. Before joining NYU, Elisha was Assistant Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University between 2012 and 2015 and was the Tikvah Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought at Princeton University between 2009 and 2012.