||Written by the Author when he was approximately 38, he expanded upon the material treated in his Reshit Hokhmah and rewrote it in the form of a maqama, entitled Ha-Mevakkesh (first ed. The Hague, 1778). In this work a young student (ha-mevakkesh; "the seeker") debates with people of various types in order to gain clarification of the road he must take. Following the advice of a philosophically trained scholar, he studies mathematics, astronomy, music, logic, and natural science. However, he is not content until he has studied metaphysics.
R. Shem Tov b. Joseph ibn Falaquera (c. 1225–1295), philosophical author and translator. Little is known about his life. Born in Spain, it appears that he lived in the border provinces of Spain and France. He was a prolific writer, well versed in Islamic and Greek philosophy. His writings are representative of the scientific and philosophic thought of the Jews of his time. Over 15 of his works have been published.