The Order of Nature and Moral Luck: Maimonides on Divine Providence – Part 2

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Steve Nadler, University of Wisconsin, Madison,

Abstract

A look at the way in which the medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides explains the workings of divine providence, and especially how the virtuous person, through the use of reason and intellect, might be able to take advantage of the order of nature and escape the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. We will focus on a particularly troublesome passage that has baffled commentators since the 12th century.

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