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Stern, Josef 1949-

Overview
Works: 13 works in 65 publications in 3 languages and 5,238 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Josef Stern
Problems and parables of law : Maimonides and Nahmanides on reasons for the commandments (taʻamei ha-mitzvot) by Josef Stern( )

11 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this first book-length treatment of a subject that has been relatively overlooked by scholars since Isaac Heinemann's classic work in the 1950s, Josef Stern offers an original analysis of two major themes in Maimonides' explanation of the Law and its impact on Nahmanides. The first theme is Maimonides' reconceptualization of the huqqim, those commandments that were traditionally asserted either to have no reason or a reason that is unknown or unknowable. The second theme is Maimonides' application of his method of multi-leveled interpretation that treats texts as parables with "external" and "internal" meaning to the explanation of commandments with multiple reasons. Both of these innovative modes of explanation are adopted by Nahmanides, who refined and adapted Maimonides' structures of interpretation to express diametrically opposed contents. From this perspective there emerges a picture of the relation between these two seminal figures of medieval Judaism that is much more subtle than the received opinion that bluntly opposes them, the radical arch rationalist against the mystical traditionalist
The matter and form of Maimonides' guide by Josef Stern( )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and Hebrew and held by 1,558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed has traditionally been read as an attempt to harmonize reason and revelation. Another, more recent interpretation takes the contradiction between philosophy and religion to be irreconcilable, and concludes that the Guide prescribes religion for the masses and philosophy for the elite. Moving beyond these familiar debates, Josef Stern argues that the perplexity addressed in this famously enigmatic work is not the conflict between Athens and Jerusalem but the tension between human matter and form, between the body and the intellect. (Publisher)
Metaphor in context by Josef Stern( )

17 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Josef Stern addresses the question: Given the received conception of the form and goals of semantic theory, does metaphorical interpretation, in whole or part, fall within its scope? The many philosophers, linguists, and cognitive scientists writing on metaphor over the past two decades have generally taken for granted that metaphor lies outside, if not in opposition to, received conceptions of semantics and grammar. Assuming that metaphor cannot be explained by or within semantics, they claim that metaphor has little, if anything, to teach us about semantic theory. In this book Josef Stern challenges these assumptions. He is concerned primarily with the question: Given the received conception of the form and goals of semantic theory, does metaphorical interpretation, in whole or part, fall within its scope? Specifically, he asks, what (if anything) does a speaker-hearer know as part of her semantic competence when she knows the interpretation of a metaphor? According to Stern, the answer to these questions lies in the systematic context-dependence of metaphorical interpretation. Drawing on a deep analogy between demonstratives, indexicals, and metaphors, Stern develops a formal theory of metaphorical meaning that underlies a speaker's ability to interpret a metaphor. With his semantics, he also addresses a variety of philosophical and linguistic issues raised by metaphor. These include the interpretive structure of complex extended metaphors, the cognitive significance of metaphors and their literal paraphrasability, the pictorial character of metaphors, the role of similarity and exemplification in metaphorical interpretation, metaphor-networks, dead metaphors, the relation of metaphors to other figures, and the dependence of metaphors on literal meanings. Unlike most metaphor theorists, however, who take these problems to be sui generis to metaphor, Stern subsumes them under the same rubric as other semantic facts that hold for nonmetaphorical language. --! From publisher's description
Adaptations and innovations : studies on the interaction between Jewish and Islamic thought and literature from the early Middle Ages to the late twentieth century( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The present volume of studies, likely the first such collection in the scholarly literature, explores the full range of interconnections between Jews and Muslims in all fields (intellectual history, religion, philosophy, social history, etc.) and in all periods, from the Middle Ages till today. The essays have been written by some twenty distinguished scholars from North America, Europe, and Israel."--Jacket
Intraabdominelle Motilitätsstudien an antiperistaltischen Dünndarmsegmenten mit implantierten Perfusionssondensystemen im Tierexperiment by Josef Stern( )

4 editions published in 1979 in German and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Metaphor as demonstrative : a formal semantics for demonstratives and metaphors by Josef Stern( )

11 editions published between 1979 and 1982 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Matter and Form of Maimonides' <i>Guide</i> by Josef Stern( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maimonides' epistemology by Josef Stern( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Themes in the thought of Eliezer Berkovits by Josef Stern( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

My teshuvah : contemporary perspectives on repentance( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Maimonides on language and the science of language by Josef Stern( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The idea of a hoq in Maimonides' explanation of the law by Josef Stern( )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Metaphor in context
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Metaphor in contextAdaptations and innovations : studies on the interaction between Jewish and Islamic thought and literature from the early Middle Ages to the late twentieth century
Alternative Names
Stern, Josef

Stern, Josef Judah.

שטרן, יוסף, 1949-

Languages
English (58)

German (4)

Hebrew (1)