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Goodman, Lenn Evan 1944-

Works: 85 works in 450 publications in 4 languages and 24,157 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Creator
Classifications: B751.Z7, 181.06
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Most widely held works about Lenn Evan Goodman
Most widely held works by Lenn Evan Goodman
Avicenna by Lenn Evan Goodman( )

38 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all the philosophers in the West, perhaps the best known by name and less familiar for the actual content of his ideas is the medieval Muslim philosopher, physician, princely minister and naturalist Abu Ali Ibn Sina, known since the days of the scholastics as Avicenna. In this lucidly written and witty book, L.E. Goodman a philosopher long known for his studies of Arabic thought presents a factual, pithy, and engaging account of Avicenna's philosophy. Setting the thinker in the context of his often turbulent times and tracing the roots and influences of Avicenna's ideas, Goodman offers a factual and credible philosophical portrait of one of the world's greatest metaphysicians. The book details Avicenna's account of being as a synthesis between the seemingly irreconcilable extremes of Aristotelian eternalism and the creationism of monotheistic scripture. It examines Avicenna's distinctive theory of knowledge, his ideas on immortality and individuality, including the famous Floating Man argument, his contributions to logic, and his probing thoughts on rhetoric and poetics. Drawing from the very latest scholarship, Avicenna is more than a philosophical appreciation. L.E. Goodman considers the abiding value of Avicenna's contributions, assaying his thought against the responses of his contemporaries and successors but also against our current philosophical understanding. It will have wide appeal among all Arabists and Islamicists, and among students and scholars of philosophy
Judaism, human rights, and human values by Lenn Evan Goodman( )

13 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immersed in the Jewish and philosophical sources, Goodman's argument ranges from the fetus in the womb to the modern nation state, from the problems of pornography and tobacco advertising to the rights of parents and children, individuals and communities, the powerful and powerless - the most ancient and the most immediate problems of human life and moral responsibility
Maimonides and his heritage by Idit Dobbs-Weinstein( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume celebrates the depth and breadth of Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides' (1138-1204) achievements. The essays gathered here explore the rich diversity of a heritage that extends over eight hundred years, beginning with Maimonides' historical context; ranging through his distinct contributions to philosophy, theology, medicine, and Jewish law; to the impact his ideas have had on later generations. His humane perspective and commitment to intellectual rigor are reflected in the wide range of his works and his active role as a spiritual guide and intellectual leader. Maimonides' intellectual openness makes his work an enduring model of creative synthesis and critical appropriation, as well as a continuing source of intellectual stimulation not only for the many specialist scholars who scrutinize his texts but also for a wide and lively audience of nonspecialists."--Jacket
Islamic humanism by Lenn Evan Goodman( )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: This book is an attempt to explain how, in the face of increasing religious authoritarianism in medieval Islamic civilization, some Muslim thinkers continued to pursue essentially humanistic, rational, and scientific discourses in the quest for knowledge, meaning, and values. Drawing on a wide range of Islamic writings, from love poetry to history to philosophical theology, Goodman shows that medieval Islam was open to individualism, occasional secularism, skepticism, even liberalism
God of Abraham by Lenn Evan Goodman( )

14 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In God of Abraham, Lenn Goodman expands on his critically acclaimed Monotheism (1981), rejecting and dichotomy between the God of Abraham and the God of the philosophers. He argues that in fact the two are one, and shows how human values can illuminate our idea of God and how the monotheistic idea of God in turn illuminates our moral, social, cultural, aesthetic, and even ritual understanding. Goodman traces the symbiosis of ideas about God and human values to its conceptual roots in the Biblical account of the binding of Isaac, and Abraham's momentous decision to spare Isaac's life and reject the pagan linkage of violence with the holy. Goodman argues that when Abraham separates horror from the holy he purges evil from the idea of the divine and forges the synthesis that will make possible the revelation of the Torah. Thus it becomes possible to integrate human values and human life in emulation of God's unity and goodness. Throughout this study Goodman draws on traditional, philosophical, historical, and anthropological materials, and particularly on a wealth of Jewish sources. He demonstrates how an adequate understanding of the interplay of values with monotheism dissolves many of the longstanding problems of natural theology and ethics and guides us toward a genuinely humanistic moral and social philosophy
Jewish themes in Spinoza's philosophy by Heidi M Ravven( )

14 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristotle's Politics today( )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Aristotle's Politics Today, distinguished political philosophers representing a diversity of approaches examine the meaning, relevance, and implications of Aristotle's political thought for contemporary social and political theory. The contributors engage a broad range of topics, including Aristotle's views on constitutionalism, the extension of Aristotelian ideas to issues in international relations, the place of Aristotelian virtue in modern democratic politics, and Aristotle's conception of justice."--Jacket
Neoplatonism and Jewish thought by Lenn Evan Goodman( )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The case of the animals versus man before the King of the Jinn : a translation from the Epistles of the brethren of purity by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a new English translation of a classic of medieval Islamic learning, which illuminates the intellectual debates of its age and speaks vividly to the concerns of our own. It is the most famous work of the Brethren of Purity, a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra and Baghdad. In this rich allegorical fable the exploited and oppressed animals pursue a case against humanity. They are granted the gift of speech and presented as subjects with views and interests of their own. Over the course of the hearing they rebuke and criticise human weakness, deny man's superiority, and make powerful demands for greater justice and respect for animals. This sophisticated moral allegory combines elements of satire with a thought-provoking thesis on animal welfare. Goodman and McGregory accompany their translation with an introduction and annotations that explore the rich historical and cultural context to the work
On justice : an essay in Jewish philosophy by Lenn Evan Goodman( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on Jewish and non-Jewish sources, old and new, develops a theory of community and of nonvindictive yet retributive punishment
Jewish and Islamic philosophy : crosspollinations in the classic age by Lenn Evan Goodman( Book )

21 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The object of Goodman's discussion is not to find the "sources" of religious ideas (as if to credit the philosophical originality of one tradition or cast aspersions on the philosophical dependency of another), but rather to explicate, connect, and demonstrate the commonalities of these two competing yet inextricably linked religious and philosophical traditions."--BOOK JACKET. "It is sure to become a key text for all students in religious studies, Jewish and Islamic studies, and philosophy."--Jacket
Ibn Ṭufayl's Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān : a philosophical tale by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Malik Ibn Tufayl( Book )

35 editions published between 1972 and 2009 in English and Arabic and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this classic of medieval Islamic philosophy, Ibn Tufayl tells of a child raised by a doe on an equatorial island who grows up to discover the world and his own place in it, unaided - but also unimpeded - by society, language or tradition. Hayy's encounters with nature, God, and man challenge the values of the culture in which the tale was written as well as those of contemporary society."--Back cover
Rambam : readings in the philosophy of Moses Maimonides by Moses Maimonides( Book )

19 editions published between 1975 and 1997 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moses Maimonides, known by the acronym "Rambam," was unquestionably the foremost intellectual figure of medieval Judaism. Born in Cordova, Spain, forced at an early age to conceal his faith, he emigrated to Morocco and then Palestine before settling in Egypt, where financial necessity compelled him to study medicine and where he eventually became personal physician to Saladin. Although his medical skills were renowned and his writings in this field were widely studied throughout the Western world in the following centuries, Maimonides' primary interest was theology. He devoted ten years to preparing Mishnah Torah and fifteen years to The Guide to the Perplexed - the first written in Hebrew, the second in Arabic. These studies of Jewish law were first considered radical in their efforts to reconcile religious and scientific thought, but later became pillars of traditional Jewish faith. Dr. Lenn Goodman has prepared new translations from these works, arranging the extensive excerpts by topic to focus on Maimonides' principal contributions to philosophy. These are accompanied by commentary and analysis, clarifying the complexities of his thought and providing the historical and religious background required by the modern lay reader. The introduction details Rambam's life and evaluates his role in history and theology. The study of Maimonides is essential to the understanding of Judaism and Western culture. Rambam makes his writings accessible to those who cannot work from the original texts, and meaningful to those who have not had extensive previous exposure to medieval theology
The philosopher-king in medieval and Renaissance Jewish thought by Abraham Melamed( )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This original treatment of medieval and Renaissance Jewish thinkers expands the scope of Jewish philosophy and adds new depth to our understanding of Jewish culture of the period. While medieval Christian political philosophy was based on Aristotle's Politics, Muslim and Jewish philosophy adhered to the Platonic tradition. In this book, Abraham Melamed explores a major aspect of this tradition - the theory of the philosopher king - as it manifested itself in medieval Jewish political philosophy, tracing the theory's emergence in Jewish thought as well as its patterns of transmittal, adaptation, and absorption."--BOOK JACKET
Love thy neighbor as thyself by Lenn Evan Goodman( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Goodman argues against the notion that we have this obligation simply because God demands it - a position that too readily makes ethics seem arbitrary, relativistic, dogmatic, authoritarian, contingent, or just unpalatable. Rather he proposes that we learn much about how we ought to think about God from what we know about morals. He shows that natural reasoning and appeals to scripture, tradition, and revelation reinforce one another in ethical deliberation. For Goodman, ethics and theology are not worlds apart connected only by a kind of narrow one-way passage; the two realms of discourse can and should inform each other."
Violence and defense in the Jewish experience : papers prepared for a seminar on violence and defense in Jewish history and contemporary life, Tel Aviv University, August 18-September 4, 1974 by Salo Wittmayer Baron( Book )

11 editions published between 1977 and 2001 in English and German and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religious pluralism and values in the public sphere by Lenn Evan Goodman( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Discusses tolerance and argues that we can respect one another and learn from one another's ways without either sharing them or relinquishing our own"--
Creation and evolution by Lenn Evan Goodman( Book )

6 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trenchantly laying out the evidence for natural selection and carefully following and underscoring the themes and theses of Genesis, L.E. Goodman traces the historical and conceptual backgrounds of today's evolution controversies, revealing the deep complementarities of religion and the life sciences. --From publisher description
The book of theodicy : translation and commentary on the book of Job by Saʻadia ben Joseph( Book )

12 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monotheism : a philosophic inquiry into the foundations of theology and ethics by Lenn Evan Goodman( Book )

6 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At head of title: Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies. Includes bibliographical references
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Judaism, human rights, and human valuesMaimonides and his heritageIslamic humanismGod of AbrahamJewish themes in Spinoza's philosophyAristotle's Politics todayNeoplatonism and Jewish thoughtThe case of the animals versus man before the King of the Jinn : a translation from the Epistles of the brethren of purity
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Goodman, L.E.

Goodman, L.E. 1944-

Goodman, L. E. (Lenn Evan)

Goodman, L. E. (Lenn Evan), 1944-

Goodman, Lenn

Goodman Lenn E.

Goodman, Lenn E. 1944-

Goodman, Lenn E. (Lenn Evan), 1944-

Goodman, Lenn Evan

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Lenn Evan Goodman US-amerikanischer Philosoph und Philosophiehistoriker

גודמאן, לן איון 1944-

גודמן, לן א'

גודמן, לן איון 1944-

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