A Radical 18th-Century Jewish Philosopher and His Misbegotten Quest for Total Truth
Solomon Maimon abandoned his wife and children in search of intellectual perfection, thereby entirely missing the point.
October 11, 2019 | Michah Gottlieb
About the author: Michah Gottlieb is associate professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at New York University. His new book, The Jewish Reformation: Bible Translation and Middle-Class German Judaism as Spiritual Enterprise, is forthcoming from
Oxford University Press.
Some philosophers have led ethically unimpeachable, near-saintly lives. Socrates, Spinoza, and Moses Mendelssohn were celebrated for their generosity and personal virtue.
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