Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) was a medieval physician and one of the greatest Jewish scholars and philosophers of the Middle Ages. Maimonides argued that metaphysics was the greatest possible human activity, making extensive use of Aristotle. He is known to Jewish writers as "Rambam," a name derived from the initial letters of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon.
Maimonides is particularly well known for his exposition of the apophatic way of understanding God. The term apophatic comes from the Greek term for "denial," and this method of coming to know God involves approaching God by denying everything that God is not. Thus, Maimonides wrote: "God has no positive attributes ...the negative attributes of God are the true attributes."
Also Known As: Moses ben Maimon
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