This Jewish Philosophy lecture explores the emergence of Neoplatonism in Jewish philosophical thinking. David examines the ideas and works of three Jewish philosophers living during the later years of the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry:
- Shlomo Ibn Gabirol
- Baḥya ibn Paquda
- Yehudah haLevi.
Going in-depth into the contributions of Shlomo Ibn Gabirol, David discusses:
- Keter Malkhut
- Tiqun Midot haNephesh
- Mekor Ḥayyim
looking at the philosopher’s exploration of:
- Divine essence as primal cause
- Matter and form
- Divine will.
Watch the lecture here.
In the second part of the lecture, David compares the works and ideas of Baḥya ibn Paquda and Yehudah haLevi. He also discusses the latter’s philosophical enquiry presented in his book, The Kuzari.
Throughout the talk, David ensures the historical and intellectual context of the figures he examines – and their ideas – remains ever-present. He also provides clear and concise summaries of these ideas for a lay audience.
David delivered this Zoom talk in 2020 for Caulfield Shule in his capacity as scholar-in-residence.