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A Vigilant Society : Jewish Thought and the State in Medieval Spain

Roiz, Javier, Margaretten, Selma L.
Format: Paperback
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Published: January 2, 2014
ISBN: 9781438445625
326 pages

£19.25

Uncovers a fundamental change that took place in Western thinking, especially its departure from the Sephardic philosophy found in the Iberian Peninsula during the thirteenth century.

A Vigilant Society presents a provocative hypothesis that argues that Western society as we know it emerged from the soil of Jewish intellectual advances in the thirteenth century, especially those formulated on the Iberian Peninsula. A paradigmatic shift began to occur, one that abandoned the pre–Gothic Sephardic wisdom found in, for example, the writings of Maimonides in favor of what author Javier Roiz calls the “vigilant society.” This model embraces a conception of politics that includes a radical privatization of an individual’s interior life and—especially as adopted and adapted in later centuries by Roman Catholic and Calvinist thinkers

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