Philo of Alexandria (Philo Judaeus)

Philo of Alexandria (Philo Judaeus)
Birth 25 BC
Death 50 AD

Jewish philosopher who tried to prove that Greek philosophy corresponded with Jewish law (it didn’t go that well; Christians remember him as a Jewish rabbi, and Jews as an ‘assimilated Jew’). He thought that only God possessed transcendental truth, but that nobody can know Him rationally, let alone emotionally; feelings are deceptive, but the bodily pleasures that they suppress are despicable and should be avoided.

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