Crescas' Critique of Aristotle: Problems of Aristotle's by Harry Austryn Wolfson

By Harry Austryn Wolfson

"Text and translation of the twenty-five porpositions of publication 1 of the Or Adonal": p. [129]-315.

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36 (p. 422) on Prop. I, Part II, 7 (p. 613) on Prop. XII. 23 (p. 414) on l"rop. I, Part II. '" That two men separated by time and space and language, but studying the same problems with the intention of refuting Arilltotle, should happen to hit upon the same arguments i11 not intrinsically impossible, for all these arguments are based upon inherent weaknesses in the Aristotelian system. But knowing as we do that a countryman of Bruno, Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola, similarly separated from Crescas in tinie and 11pace and language, obtained a knowledge of Crescas through 11ome unknown Jewish intermediary, the possibility of a "imilar intermediary in the case of Bruno is not to be excluded....

I, Part II. ''See n. 4 (p. 398) on Prop. 1111'11 •a 11'1). 17 See nptes 1 (p. 14, •M1on ::1111), 44 (p. 427, 'M1on 'I ::1111) and 57 (p. 441, 'M1Cin 'I ::1111) on Prop. 1, Part II; n. 23 (p. 549, 'M1Cin 'I ::1'1o1) on Prop. VII. CB. I-50URCES, METHOD, OPPOSITION &: INFLUENCE 33 of Crescas. apable of understanding. "'' In his commentary on Averroes he also uses words to the same effect: "To this we answl"r that his [Rabbi Hasdai'sJ contention is quite right, but Aristotle is addressing himself here to men of intelligence and understanding • • • inasmuch as thou, ,;ho art of sound mind, already knowest .

Do certain authorities differ or not? If they do, why do they differ? All these are legitimate questions for the Talmudic student of texts. And any attempt to answer these questions calls for ingenuity and skill, the power of analysis and association, and the ability to set up hypotheses-and all these must be bolstered up by a wealth of accurate information and the use of good judgment. No limitation is set upon any subject; problems run into one another; they become intricate and interwoven, one throwing light upon the other.

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