Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Shalem, Menahem

Born: unknown (ca. 1340-1390)
Died: unknown (after 1413)
  • Tamás VisiEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_179-1


Menahem ben Jacob Shalem also known as Menahem Agler (and sometimes referred to, incorrectly, as “Menahem Kara”) was an important Jewish Aristotelian philosopher in late fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century Prague. He wrote the most sophisticated Hebrew philosophical texts in Central Europe during this period. Unlike his colleagues in Prague, Yom-Tov Lipmann Mühlhausen and Avigdor Kara, he rejected Kabbalah and considered Maimonidean philosophy the most authoritative Jewish intellectual tradition. His works paved the way for other Jewish philosophers in Central and Eastern Europe in the late middle and early modern ages.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kurt and Ursula Schubert Centre for Jewish StudiesUniverzita Palackého v Olomouci (Palacky University)OlomoucCzech Republic