In this shiur Rabbi Triebitz tackles Imanuel Kant’s refutation of both the ontological and the cosmological proofs of G-d. Kant claims that there can be no proofs in the realm of metaphysics because ideas do not necessarily have any relationship to reality. Kant demonstrates that all such attempted proofs of G-d are syllogisms.
According to Rabbi Triebitz there is a way of understanding Rambam that avoids Kant’s refutation.
This is the first shiur in a new series from Rabbi Triebitz on Rambam’s 13 principles of faith. The first principle is the existence of G-d, and Rabbi Triebitz shows how Rambam proves that from Moreh Nevuchiim (Guide II:intro and 1). It is not easy to get your head around these concepts, and probably a good knowledge of Aristotle would be helpful, but there are many misunderstandings of Rambam, and hopefully after hearing this shiur you will be less likely to say something which completely contradicts Rambam’s ideas and thoughts.
Hopefully this is the first in a series which will cover all 13 principles.
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