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Self-scrutiny in Maimonides’ Ethical and Religious Thought

Bicknell, Jeanette (2002) Self-scrutiny in Maimonides’ Ethical and Religious Thought. Laval théologique et philosophique, 58 (3). p. 531. ISSN 0023-9054

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Abstract

RÉSUMÉ : On a longtemps considéré l’examen de soi comme nécessaire à l’acquisition de la vertu.
L’insistance, chez Maïmonide, sur l’importance de l’examen de soi dans la formation du caractère,
lui vient d’Aristote, mais il développe ce thème de manière innovatrice. On explore ici
trois thèmes : la conception du rôle de l’examen de soi dans l’évolution morale selon Maïmonide
; comment l’impératif de l’examen de soi influe sur son analyse de la loi mosaïque ; et le
rôle spécifiquement religieux de l’examen de soi.
ABSTRACT : Self-scrutiny has long been considered necessary for the development of virtue.
Maimonides’ insistence on the importance of self-scrutiny in the formation of character has its
roots in Aristotle, but is developed by him in such a way as to be innovative. Three related
themes are discussed here : Maimonides’ conception of the role self-scrutiny plays in moral
development ; how the imperative of self-scrutiny shapes his analysis of Mosaic Law ; and the
specifically religious function of self-scrutiny

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 19:21
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 20:44
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1417

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