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Berman (Lawrence V.) Papers
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The materials consist of correspondence, research files and teaching materials, and texts of the Nicomachean Ethics that have been collected in Greek, Arabic, Hebrew and Latin. Also included is his 1959 Ph.D. thesis "Ibn Bajjah and Maimonides: A Chapter in the History of Political Philosophy" (in Hebrew with English summary).
Lawrence B. Berman was the first Stanford University professor to specialize in Jewish Studies. After earning undergraduate degrees at the College of Jewish Studies in Chicago and the University of Chicago, he did graduate work at Brandeis University (M.A. 1954) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Ph.D. 1960). He joined the Stanford faculty in 1967. Berman's particular interest was the effect of the translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics on the transmittal of its philosophical concepts. He taught courses in both Judaism and Islam, and at the time of his death in 1988 was developing a course on the Abrahamic tradition, attempting to compare the Jewish tradition with Christianity and Islam.
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