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Detail from fol. 114a, Cod. Heb. 37, 1347–1348, Det Kongelige Bibliotek,

Detail from fol. 114a, Cod. Heb. 37, 1347–1348, Det Kongelige Bibliotek,


Pines’ Maimonides


The History of the Translation and Interpretation of

The Guide of the Perplexed


Marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Publication of

Shlomo Pines’ English Translation of Maimonides’ Guide

by the University of Chicago Press

January 19–21, 2014, Swift Hall, The University of Chicago


 Sunday, January 19

Session One: Pines’ Translation of the Guide: A Critical Evaluation

Chair: Michael Sells

1:00-3:00 p.m. Lectures by Steven Harvey, Alfred Ivry, and Sarah Stroumsa

3:45-5:00 p.m. Panel discussion

Plenary Lecture

Chairs: Josef Stern and James Robinson

 6:30-8:00 p.m. Ralph Lerner, “A Short Tale of a Long Manuscript”  


Monday, January 20

9:00 a.m. Martin Luther King and Maimonides:

The Commemoration of Martin Luther King

Session Two: The History of Translations of the Guide in Medieval Philosophy

Chair: David Nirenberg

9:30-10:30 a.m. Raymond P. Scheindlin, “Al-Harizi’s Translation of the Guide in its Cultural Moment”

10:30-11:30 a.m. James Robinson, “Moreh ha-nevukhim: The First Hebrew Translation of the Guide by Samuel ibn Tibbon (1204, revised 1213)

12:00-1:00 p.m. Luis Girón Negrón, “Pedro de Toledo’s Mostrador de los turbados: The Christian Reception of Maimonides’ Guide in 15th Century Spain”

Session Three: The History of Translations of the Guide in Modern Philosophy

Chair: Sarah Hammerschlag

2:00-3:00 p.m. Paul Fenton, “A Second Ibn Tibbon: Salomon Munk (1803-1867) as Translator of the Guide

3:00-4:00 p.m. Warren Zeev Harvey, “Michael Friedlander’s Pioneering English Translation of the Guide (1881)”

4:30-5:30 p.m. Tzvi Langermann, “The Translation of Rabbi Yosef Kafah: A Modern Hebrew Translation in a Medieval Key”


Tuesday, January 21

Session Four: The Guide in Translation in the History of Philosophy and the Contemporary Study of the History of Philosophy

Chair: Willemien Otten

9:00-10:00 a.m. Richard Taylor, “Maimonides in the Medieval Latin Tradition”

10:00-11:00 a.m. Steven Nadler, “Maimonides, Pines, and Spinoza”

11:30-12:30 p.m. Kenneth Seeskin, “Pines and the Rediscovery of Maimonides in Contemporary Philosophy”

Session Five: On the Introductions by Pines and Strauss I

Chair: Nathan Tarcov

1:30-2:30 p.m. Aryeh Tepper, “A Word Fitly Spoken: ‘Progress’ as a Leading Term in Leo Strauss’ “How to Begin to Study The Guide of the Perplexed”

2:30-3:30 p.m. Frank Griffel, “Maimonides as a Student of Islamic Thought: Revisiting Shlomo Pines’ ‘Translator’s Introduction’”

Session Six: On the Introductions by Pines and Strauss II

Chair: Paul Mendes-Flohr

4:00-5:00 p.m. Jeffrey Macy, “Esoteric Writing in Pines’ Introduction to the Guide: A ‘Straussian Reading’ of Pines”

5:00-6:00 p.m. Josef Stern, “Pines ’63 versus Pines ‘79”