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    The Function of Metaphor in Medieval Neoplatonism_ _, written by Sarah Pessin
    International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 9 (2): 249-252. 2015.
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    Matter, Metaphor, and Privative Pointing: Maimonides on the Complexity of Human Being
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (1): 75-88. 2002.
    This study shows how, in its overall ability to shed light on the vexing complexity of human being, Maimonides’ discourse on matter—treated via metaphors or seen as itself a metaphor—emerges as a venerable guide, pointing the careful reader to the most important truths about perfected humanity within the Guide of the Perplexed. After examining and harmonizing Maimonides’ dual metaphors of matter in this way, I show how metaphor as a literary form is itself an illustration of matter’s positive ro…Read more
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    Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. Text in context; 3. From human being to discourse on matter?: the three-fold quest for wisdom, goodness, and God - and the root of life in desire; 4. Root desire and the Empedoclean grounding element as love; 5. From Divine Will to Divine Irada : on the mistaken scholarly rejection of Ibn Gabirol's emanation; 6. Iradic Unfoldings: Ibn Gabirol's Hylomorphic Emanationism and the Neoplatonic Tripart Analysis; 7. Matter revisited; 8. Neoplatonic c…Read more
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    From Mystery to Laughter to Trembling Generosity: Agono-Pluralistic Ethics in Connolly v. Levinas
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24 (5): 615-638. 2016.
    After considering core ‘interruptions’ of identity and justice in the post-secularist agonisms of Connolly and Levinas, I mine their views for core practical insights about the possibilities for theist-atheist respect. After considering Connolly on ‘content v. comportment’ and after exploring the virtue of mystery as part of a mystery/contestability/generosity triad, as well as Connolly’s, Levinas’, Nietzsche’s and Bergson’s levels of optimism and pessimism about theism, I end by pointing to cra…Read more
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    Saadya [saadiah]
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2008.
  • Solomon Ibn Gabirol [Avicebron]
    The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Available at Http://Plato. Stanford. Edu/Archives/Win2010/Entries/Ibn—Gabirol. forthcoming.
  • Solomon Ibn Gabirol: Universal Hylomorphism and the Psychic Imagination
    Dissertation, The Ohio State University. 2000.
    In this project, I offer an extended treatment of Gabirol's metaphysical doctrine of universal hylomorphism . My thesis is that, for Gabirol , matter signifies the most sublime moment of the Neoplatonic Intellect, and, by extension, the pre-determinate, essential existence which each thing has in virtue of its subsistence in said Intellect. My reading thus identifies matter with a grade of pure Being. Drawing upon Latin, Hebrew and Arabic Fons Vitae materials, I develop and support this thesis i…Read more