Although it is recommended that you make use of articles in journals and other collections, it would probably be more efficient to begin your search from a more general introduction to [medieval] Jewish philosophy, such as those by Gutmann, Husik, Sirat, Holtz or the Encyclopedia Judaica, until you find a topic that interests you.
I srongly urge you to consult with me as frequently as possible. I can provide useful advice (maybe even lend you my books), as well as steer you away from some of the pitfalls that might befall your research.
For your short reports it will usually be sufficient to summarize the material the descriptions in the studies from which you are working. Extensive analysis is not expected, though it is encouraged. At any rate, you should provide me with evidence that you have understood the material ( e.g., by presenting the material from a novel perspective); or an honest explanation of what it was that baffled you, and why.
In your major research paper the expectations are much higher. It will not be sufficient to summarize what the authors of modern studies ("secondary literature") have said. You are required to subject their conclusions to your own judgment and, where possible, to look at the sources that they cite ("primary sources") in support of their arguments, to decide whether their conclusions are justified by the evidence. That is why scholarly literature is required to include source references.
In light of the above considerations, it is advisable to choose a topic that you have discovered to be problematic or controversial, so that it will allow you to evaluate the cogency of the respective opinions.
In a research essay it is always preferable to deal with a narrow, specialized topic, rather than to present a broad, generalized survey. As you conduct your research you will probably discover that your topic is narrowing down more and more, as you recognize the complexity of issues that previously seemed straightforward. That is a very healthy sign that you are on the track of something interesting!
Please make sure that your topic is appropriate to the assignment; i.e., that it deals with a subject that is both medieval and philosophical. If that sounds insultingly obvious, I apologize. But you would be amazed at how many students have gotten into serious trouble for that reason.
I have also included under this heading assorted attempts to provide philosophical rationales or classifications to Biblical and Rabbinic commanements.
|Faith and Reason||Konvitz, Milton R||Natural Law and Judaism: The Case of Maimonides||Judaism||45\1||1996||29|
|Faith and Reason||Kreisel, H.||Weiss, Raymond L., Maimonides' Ethics: The Encounter of Philosophic and Religious Morality (Review)||Speculum||69\2||1994||581|
|Faith and Reason||Shore, Eliezer||At the Center: Beyond human knowledge in Maimonides||Parabola||22\1||1997||59|
|Faith and Reason||Frank, Daniel H.||The Duty to Philosophize: Socrates and Maimonides||Judaism||42\3||1993||289|
|Faith and Reason||Buijs, J. A.||Maimonides and St. Thomas on the limits of reason - Dobbs Weinstein, I. (Review)||Journal of the History of Philosophy||35\1||1997||137-8|
|Spirituality||Kaplan, Lawrence||The Love of God in Maimonides and Rav Kook||Judaism||43\3||1994||227|
|Spirituality||Fenton, P. B.||In the Margins of the 'Kitab Kifayat al-Abidin' (the Sufficient Provisions of the Servants) bt Maimonides, Abraham ben-Moses, 1186-1237--Islamic Influences on Jewish Worship||Revue des Etudes Juives||150\3-4\3||1991||385-405|
|Spirituality||Friedman, R. Z.||Maimonides and Kant on Metaphysics and Piety||The Review of metaphysics||45\4||1992||773|
|Spirituality||Benor, Ehud Z.||Petition and Contemplation in Maimonides' Conception of Prayer||Religion||24\1||1994||59|
|Spirituality||Benor, Ehud; Frank, Daniel H||Worship of the Heart: A Study in Maimonides' Philosophy of Religion||Journal of the history of philosophy||35\2||1997||298|
|Spirituality||Harvey, W. Z.||Sacrifice, Prayer, and Study according to Maimonides||Révue des Etudes Juives||154\1-2||1995||97-103|
|Spirituality||Seeskin, K.||Holiness as an Ethical Ideal (Human Perfection within a Jewish Worldview according to Maimonides)||Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy||5\2||1996||190-203|
|Spirituality||Kellner, M.||Maimonides' Conception of the Ultimate Meaning of Life, Human Perfection||Ultimate Reality and Meaning||14\3||1991||175-84|
|Theology||Lachterman, D. R.||Mathematical Construction, Symbolic Cognition and the Infinite Intellect--Reflections on Maimon and Maimonides||Journal of the History of Philosophy||30\4\1||1992||497-522|
|Theology||Leonard, J. M.||Robelin, J., Maimonides and Religious Language (Review)||Etudes Théologiques et Réligieuses||67\3||1992||446-7|
|Theology||Kasher H||Self-Cognizing Intellect and Negative Attributes in Maimonides' Theology (Medieval Jewish Philosophy and the Contradiction between Aristotelian and Neoplatonic Concepts of the Divinity||Harvard Theological Review||87\4||1994||461-72|
|Theology||Mandel, P.||The Call of Abraham--A Midrash Revisited (Maimonices on the (Re)Discovery of Monotheism from Postbiblical Literature through Rabbinic Midrash)||Prooftexts||14\3||1994||267-84|
|Theology||Broadie, A.||Maimonides on the Great Tautology--Exodus III, 14||Scottish Journal of Theology||47\4||1994||478-88|
|Theology||Turner, M.||The Structure of the Lexicographical Chapters in the Moreh-Nevukhim (Maimonides' Treatment of Biblical Anthropomorophism)||Hebrew Union College Annual||62||1992||347-360|
|Theology||Benor, E. Z.||Meaning and Reference in Maimonides' Negative Theology||Harvard Theological Review||88\3||1995||339-60|
|Creation||Samuelson, N.||Maimomides' Doctrine of Creation||Harvard Theological Review||84\3\4||1991||249-71|
|Creation||Bertola, E.||The Problem of the Eternity of the World in the Thought of Maimonides, Moses||Sefarad||56\1||1996||19-43|
|Prophecy||Buijs, Joseph A.||Believers, prophets and philsophers: Maimonides on knowledge||Studies in religion. Sciences religieuses||21\1||1992||43|
|Prophecy||Kleven, Terence||David Bakan. Maimonides on Prophecy: A Commentary on Selected Chapters of the Guide of the Perplexed (Review)||Studies in religion. Sciences religieuses||21\4||1992||488|
|Prophecy||Faierstein, M.M.||Prophetic inspiration after the prophets: Maimonides and other medieval authorities (Review)||Expository Times||108\9||1996||286|
|Providence||Ramisch, Sandra Walker||Between the lines: Maimonides on providence||Studies in religion. Sciences religieuses||21\1||1992||29|
|Law and Ethics||Stern J||The fall and rise of myth in ritual (Exploring formative influences on the ''naturalization'' of Judaic law in the Middle-Ages: Maimonides versus Nahmanides on the ''Huqqim'' (rabbinic statutes), astrology, and the war against idolatry)||Journal of Jewish Thought and philosophy||6/2||1997||185-263|
|Law and Ethics||Ward, Ian||Natural Law and Reason in the Philosophies of Maimonides and St. Thomas Aquinas||The Durham University journal||86\1||1994||21-32|
|Law and Ethics||Frank, Daniel H.||Weiss, Raymond, Maimonides' Ethics: The Encounter of Philosophic and Religious Morality (Review)||The Journal of religion||74\1||1994||116|
|Law and Ethics||Frydmankohl, B.||Covenant, Conversion and Chosenness--Maimonides and Halevi on the Question of Who Is a Jew||Judaism||41\1||1992||64-79|
|Other Religions||Strousma, S.||Alfarabi and Maimonides on the Christian Philosophical Tradition||Islam--Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur des islamischen Orients||68\2||1991||263-78|
|Aesthetics||Bland, Kalman P.||Medieval Jewish Aesthetics: Maimonides, Body, and Scripture in Profiat Duran||Journal of the history of ideas||54\4||1993||533|
|Aesthetics||Bland, K. P.||Beauty, Maimonides, and Cultural Relativism in Medieval Jewish Thought||Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies||26\1||1996||85-112|
|Aesthetics||Segal, E.||Midrash and Literature: Some Medieval Views||Prooftexts||11||1991||57-65|
|Maimonides: Strauss||Green, Kenneth Hart; Benor, Ehud Z||Jew and Philosopher: The Return to Maimonides in the Jewish Thought of Leo Strauss||Journal of the American Academy of Religion||64\1||1996||191|
|Maimonides: Strauss||Deutsch, Kenneth L.||Strauss's Maimonides (Review)||The Review of politics||56\4||1994||768|
|History of Philosophy||Harvey, W. Z.||Did Maimonides' Letter to Samuel Ibn Tibbon Determine Which Philosophers Would Be Studied by Later Jewish Thinkers?||Jewish Quarterly Review||n.s. 83\1-2||1992||51-70|