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13 Ikarim 02 – Refutation of Kant

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.

Here are some of the sources for the shiur:

Yesodei HaTorah chapter 2 (1-2)

Hilchos Teshuva chapter 10 (8-end)

Moreh Nevuchim 1:1
(Hebrew)
(English)

and Rabbi Triebitz’s article in Reshimu – especially the relationship
between man’s thought and G-d’s thought.

As always, please send any criticisms, comments, suggestions or blessings to my e-mail address (of which I have many, but you can use admin at this website)

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13 Ikkarim 01 – Existence of G-d

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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