Category Archives: Negative Theology

Negative Theology 10


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The Essence of Negative Theology

Rabbi Triebitz focusses on Section I Chapter 58 of Moreh Nevuchim.

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Negative Theology 8

Rambam vs Kant and the Cosmological Proof

Rabbi Triebitz focusses on Section I Chapter 57 of Moreh Nevuchim.

He also quotes from Section II Chapter 13

and Section II Chapter 2 in the course of the shiur.

He discusses Rambam’s cosmological proof, and compares it to Kant’s refutation of the Ontological proof and thus his refutation of the Cosmological Proof (which he claims is based upon it). Rabbi Triebitz comes up with a new reading of Rambam which is compelling and which answers Kant’s objections.

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Rabbi Triebitz quotes from these books:


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Negative Theology 7

No physical description can be given to G-d

Rabbi Triebitz learns through three chapters of Moreh Nevuchim:

Section I Chapter 55 of Moreh Nevuchim.

Section I Chapter 56 of Moreh Nevuchim.

Section I Chapter 57 of Moreh Nevuchim.

Rabbi Triebitz covers a lot of ground in this shiur, and prepares the way for next week’s shiur which will explain the ontological proof in detail, and its connection to the cosmological proof.

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Rabbi Triebitz quotes (again) from this book:

Theology and the Scientific Imagination by Amos Funkenstein

Negative Theology 6

Leadership and Prophecy

Rabbi Triebitz finishes Section I Chapter 54 of Moreh Nevuchim.

In this shiur Rabbi Triebitz (and Rambam) discusses the qualities of a leader and the hidden message of Moreh Nevuchim about Moshe Rabbeinu.

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Rabbi Triebitz also references Section II Chapter 39 Moreh Nevuchim:

Negative Theology 5

Ontology and Ethics
Natural Philosophy and Revelation

Rabbi Triebitz analyzes Section I Chapter 54 of Moreh Nevuchim. Rabbi Triebitz discusses the argument between academics (e.g. Marvin Fox vs. Hermann Cohen) about whether Rambam holds like Plato that ethics can be derived from the ontology of the world or whether he holds like Aristotle that they cannot. Rabbi Triebitz brings evidence for both sides of the argument, and finds a resolution.

In this shiur Rabbi Triebitz also explains why negative theology is essential for Rambam’s understanding of ethics.

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Rabbi Triebitz also references two other places in Moreh Nevuchim:

Section I Chapter 54 and

Section III Chapter 54

Negative Theology 4

Moshe’s Two Requests
Theology and Science

Rambam and Rabbi Triebitz analyze chapter 33 of Shemos.

Section I Chapter 54

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What Can’t be said about G-d

Section I Chapter 52

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Negative Theology 2

This is the second in the series of shiurim on Rambam’s concept of Negative Theology. In this shiur he compares Rambam’s concept of negative theology to Wittgenstein and logical positivism.

Proving the Obvious: Denying the Attributes of G-d

Section I Chapter 51

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Source Material:
Rabbi Triebitz quotes from a book called Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel by Rebecca Goldstein.

Negative Theology 1

This is the first in the series of shiurim on Rambam’s concept of Negative Theology.

Definition of Faith

Section I Chapter 50

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Source Material:
Here is the article by Wolfson that Rabbi Triebitz quotes from extensively.
Extradeical and Intradeical Interpretations of Platonic Ideas