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Socrates and Socratic Philosophy in Judah Halevi's Kuzari

Socrates and Socratic Philosophy in Judah Halevi's Kuzari T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 107, No. 4 (Fall 2017) 447–475 Socrates and Socratic Philosophy in Judah Halevi’s Kuzari YEHUDA HALPER I. S OCR ATES C AN NOT B E C O NSI DER E D a major figure in Judah Halevi’s Kuzari by quantitative measures. In all the numerous and diverse topics discussed in Halevi’s dialogue, Socrates’ name appears only four times; it is mentioned once by the Philosopher at the begin- ning of the book and three times by the Haver later in the work. Fur- thermore, there is no sign that the King of the Khazars, despite his sustained interest in philosophy throughout the dialogue, is at all con- cerned with Socrates or Socratic philosophy. Yet, while the Philosopher uses Socrates generically in a list of five exemplary philosophers, the Haver mentions Socrates to suggest an account of philosophy distinct from both the Ibn Bajjan philosophy of the Philosopher in the first book of the Kuzari and the Avicennian philosophy critiqued by the Haver later in the work. Indeed, the Haver presents Socrates as a kind of metaphysical skeptic. This Socratic philosophy presented by Halevi’s Haver http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jewish Quarterly Review University of Pennsylvania Press

Socrates and Socratic Philosophy in Judah Halevi's Kuzari

Jewish Quarterly Review , Volume 107 (4) – Dec 5, 2017

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T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 107, No. 4 (Fall 2017) 447–475 Socrates and Socratic Philosophy in Judah Halevi’s Kuzari YEHUDA HALPER I. S OCR ATES C AN NOT B E C O NSI DER E D a major figure in Judah Halevi’s Kuzari by quantitative measures. In all the numerous and diverse topics discussed in Halevi’s dialogue, Socrates’ name appears only four times; it is mentioned once by the Philosopher at the begin- ning of the book and three times by the Haver later in the work. Fur- thermore, there is no sign that the King of the Khazars, despite his sustained interest in philosophy throughout the dialogue, is at all con- cerned with Socrates or Socratic philosophy. Yet, while the Philosopher uses Socrates generically in a list of five exemplary philosophers, the Haver mentions Socrates to suggest an account of philosophy distinct from both the Ibn Bajjan philosophy of the Philosopher in the first book of the Kuzari and the Avicennian philosophy critiqued by the Haver later in the work. Indeed, the Haver presents Socrates as a kind of metaphysical skeptic. This Socratic philosophy presented by Halevi’s Haver

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Jewish Quarterly ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Dec 5, 2017

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