Continuing with that Parens study of medieval political philosophy as “science of the sciences” because it’s the most immoderately explicit book I’ve seen in a while
what Maimonides means by the “true science of the Law” is somehow more fundamental or deeper than the Law itself. Here is a first approximation to what is an extraordinarily elusive science: on the one hand, it seems to concern what had been called in the Islamic tradition the study of the roots of the Law
The Guide for the Perplexed is itself perplexing. This is one of the only physical books I actually keep, for whatever reason. What people are perplexed about is how to reconcile Athens and Jerusalem, philosophy and jurisprudence, and Maimonides purports to offer a resolution.
There are different versions of “Jerusalem”
jurisprudence, or the legalistic study of the Law, is to Islam and Judaism what theology is to Christianity
Speech Laws of the Ost anyone?
I’d liken these two non-Christian monotheisms to a form of “OCD”.
Then think of the adventure genre as often being about characters who operate outside of the law. Those were not written by these ones with OCD. Just as how pre-scientific societies have not written science fiction novels.
Islam is more similar to Judaism than you might expect. I showed you the other day that Muhammad did not believe he was creating an innovation. Muslims see themselves as the authentic “trads”, the true disciples of Moses and his laws. Whereas Christianity is more “revolutionary” and breaks from Judaism.
There are Laws today that can be broken, and not the kind of laws cops can arrest you for. In fact, people are more afraid of breaking these Laws than they are of breaking many of the formal legal laws. They’re afraid of cultural cops. One might even call them theological cops. Political-Theological police officers. This you?
Books like this one on medieval thought are not yer ordinary “conservative criticism”. This is the war in heaven genre. It doesn’t deal with immigration or abortion or something, those are only the worldly manifestations of what it deals with. Nowhere does it disrespect the Law so far, and I don’t expect it to- Straussians are careful like that. It philosophizes about what the Law is without ever using any concrete examples or applying ideas to the present day. Yes, we are talking about “medieval thought” here, don’t worry about it. I love my cushy job as an academic, let’s talk about ~medieval thought~. It speaks indirectly like this because we are in a very real sense living in a “medieval” time, as we know the connotation of that word to have. Do you like when people talk to you directly and disrespect the Law as if they do not personally live in a medieval time? You are Jewed. That’s how you talk directly. The Christians were too much of gullible pushovers and they set their descendants up to be confined within the Law of a form of neo-Judaism. Most of us were born into it. Rabbi, Esther, are you reading this, what do you think of all this? “We keep you contained so you don’t corrupt others, that’s what happens when you break our Law.” The truth is you’re proud totalitarians.
Here is a hint from Fortin why you find yourself living in a Christian country, take note
They remove philosophy, they remove that tension, which is the reason they find themselves living in such a host-country in the first place. Very confused, very self-centered.
Ah a synchronicity. There’s “that” word again, that’s scare-quoted
Unlike Christendom or modernity, divine law in Islam and Judaism was far less prone to distinguish secular from ecclesiastical. Indeed, divine law was, as Strauss often notes, “total” in its demands. The Law, especially in Judaism, reached into every detail of life and concerned every aspect of life.
According to Strauss, modern rationalism was able to prevail over the religious Law for some time, not through any rational refutation- rather, it was through laughing at it. And today we’re not allowed that. Total control.
We don’t get to live out the adventure genre, and what other genres could you say that about? I can think of a couple others, ones that define what it is to be human.