Notes to Hasdai Crescas Rabbi Josef Ibn Shem Tov, the Hebrew translator, says that Crescas wrote another polemical book in Catalan based on quotations . Ḥasdai ben Abraham Crescas, (born , Barcelona?—died , Saragossa, Spain), Spanish philosopher, Talmudic scholar, and critic of the Aristotelian. Hasdai Crescas was a Spanish Jewish philosopher who lived from In The Jewish Religion, Rabbi Louis Jacobs described Crescas as “one of the.

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The definition of a void is dimensional space without matter inside. Regarding the question of mathematics, Aristotle denied the possibility of a distinction between different kinds of infinite some bigger than others and of the possibility of adjoining something to an infinite number.

Reception and influence 7. There are differences between various infinite things. A year later the King and Queen appointed him as the highest judge of all the Jews in the crown, and bestowed him with a high degree of authority over the Jewish community. After the separation of the soul from the body, the soul stands by it and naturally wants to express its true essence loving Hasdia.

But his concise philosophical work Or AdonaiThe Light of the Lord became a classical Jewish refutation of medieval Aristotelianismand a harbinger of the scientific revolution in the 16th century.

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The Medieval DiscourseG. As a part of his role, he tried to build a new generation of Jewish leaders. On the influence of Crescas on Spinoza vis a vis this topic see Wolfsonpp. On the utilization of scholastic sources by Rabbi Nissim of Gerondi see Harvey Aristotelianism, through the works of Maimonidesinfluenced by Arab philosopher Ibn Sina AvicennaGersonides Ralbagand Ibn Roshd Averroeswas threatening to blur the distinctness of the Jewish faith.


According to this opinion, the Jewish community knew Abner’s ideas and was dismayed by Crescas’s utilization of the apostate’s views.

This critique of the Jewish Aristotelian opinion is one of Crescas’s more important. You hasda make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

Crescaa structure of Or Hashem is based on a hierarchical arrangement of Jewish dogma opposed to the Maimonides thirteen principles of faith. From God, by way of the divine will, proceeds the World-Soul, which is inferior to God and is composed of matter and form.

Hasdai Crescas (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

But this deterministic description leads to two theological problems: To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats. According to Ackerman b, this text is not from Crescas and so there is no indication that the Kabbalah had any influence on Crescas.

Still, though enjoying the high esteem even of prominent non-Jews, he did not escape the common fate of his coreligionists. In this short book, which is a based on a sermon that Crescas probably gave on the night of Passover, he explores his opinion about some philosophical questions regarding the subject of the basis of belief in miracles.

On this pogrom see Netanyahupp. If Crescas had written this book, he probably would have become not only one of the major Jewish philosophers, but also one of the major legal authorities of both his generation and succeeding generations.

In Crescas’s opnion, free will, in the sense of an originative cause that is itself uncaused, to decide and act does not really exist. Sign in Create an account.

Ḥasdai ben Abraham Crescas

The essence of the soul and life after death Crescas devotes an important portion of the sixth part of the second essay hasdak the question of the soul’s essence. On the basis of this definition and other physics theories the Greek philosopher denied the existence of an infinite body in practice, and hence he denied infinite voids and expansions as well.


Retrieved from ” https: In God, the Absolutely Good, they merge into unity. Natural law does not limit God, but whatever is irrational proves neither God’s omnipotence nor His lack of power; God acts reasonably.

Hasdai Crescas

Crescas inclines toward rejection of the freedom of the willor least toward its limitation. Internet URLs are the best. In the first chapter of the second part, Maimonides gives philosophical i. But in this case, as in others, Crescas weaves together different sources and utilizes them freely in his goal to build one unified opinion.

Spinoza’s distinction between attributes and properties is identical with Crescas’ distinction between attributes subjectively ascribed and their objective reality in God. This treatment of the infinite by Crescas and the metaphoric opinion that God is the place of the world, a point Crescas considered as one of God’s attributes, helped Spinoza build his original view that extension cresfas also an attribute of God.

The Torah is based on the commandments of God hsadai man, yet these commandments do not seem to make any sense if humans do not have control over their actions. He insisted that Maimonides erred in treating belief in God as a commandment, when it is a presupposed condition of any divine commandment.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion 2nd ed. Please try again later. InCrescas was imprisoned on a false accusation and suffered personal indignities because he was a Jew.