By Robert Chazan
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43, Reines also mentions Maimonides' deliberately deceptive use of figurative language. 36 CHARLES M. RAFFEL textual interpretation which Reines does not provide. Attempting to relate Reines's reconstruction back to the text of the Guide involves significant problems and questions which are not resolved by the blanket claim of a secret or heretical doctrine. " The first task is to determine how Maimonides presents and differentiates his own view on providence from the competing views of other thinkers.
2. An ox that kills a host of ants vs. a buildingwhich collapseson and kills people at prayerwithin it. 3. A cat devouringa mouse vs. 37 Aristotle'sfailureto make these distinctionsis symptomaticof his theory's denial of providencebeneaththe sphereof the moon. "39 While the authorityof Aristotle(or Reason)was invokedto invalidate Epicurus,a secondsourceof authorityis now invokedto criticizethosewho have held Aristotle'sopinion: the authorityof the Law. Epicurus'notion failedexplicitly,basedon demonstrationand,presumably,on the authority of the Law, although that additionalstrictureis not explicitly stated by Maimonides.
His central concern, however, is not in explicating the theory of providence, but in demonstrating that the location of Maimonides' discussion demonstrates the overall structure of the Guide. Strauss's point is that the Guide is to be divided in two halves, a metaphysical section which includes Parts I, II, and III/1-7, and a political section, Part III/8-54. The location of the discussion of providence, which, according to Strauss, begins in chapter 8, is pivotal in that it initiates and determines the concerns of the second half of the Guide.
Ajs Review 1987: Fall, No 2 by Robert Chazan