A building guide for the perplexed

A Dale Coverly Speed Bump cartoon (from 10/17/17) that appeared in a Facebook posting in this form:


(#1) The philosopher’s eternal question, en français

I wasn’t aware that the strip came in a French version, but evidently it does; I still don’t know where and how it’s distributed (and I now wonder if there’s a Spanish version too, though I haven’t found one).


(#2) The original cartoon

The Wikipedia article on the strip is minimal; most of it:

Speed Bump is a single-panel cartoon series by Dave Coverly, syndicated since 1994 by Creators Syndicate.

Describing his cartoons, Coverly commented, “Basically,” he says, “if life were a movie, these would be the outtakes.”

Speed Bump is published in more than 400 newspapers and websites [the article lists a number, all in English-language sites]

(There’s a Page on this blog listing my Speed Bump postings.)

A Guide for the Perplexed. From Wikipedia:

The Guide for the Perplexed (Hebrew: מורה נבוכים, Moreh Nevukhim; Arabic: دلالة الحائرين‎, dalālat al-ḥā’irīn, דלאל̈ת אלחאירין) [originally published in 1190] is one of the three major works of Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, primarily known either as [(Moses)] Maimonides or RaMBaM (Hebrew: רמב”ם‎). This work seeks to reconcile Aristotelian philosophy with Hebrew Bible theology, by finding rational explanations for many events in the text.

It was written in Judeo-Arabic in the form of a three part letter to his student, Rabbi Joseph ben Judah of Ceuta, the son of Rabbi Judah, and is the main source of the Rambam’s philosophical views

The expression a guide for the perplexed has become a formula, a catchphrase, used especially for explications of religious and philosophical works, but also much more generally, as in these two books:

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