Symposium on Dan Baras’s “A Moral Argument Against Absolute Authority of the Torah” (Sophia, 2019)
  • December 15, 2019
  • December 20, 2019
Symposia on Jewish Philosophy in an Analytic Age
  • January 1, 2020
  • December 31, 2020
Conference on the Meaning of Life, University of Haifa
  • June 11, 2019
  • June 12, 2019

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Symposia on Jewish Philosophy in an Analytic Age
January 1, 2020
The Association for the Philosophy of Judaism is pleased to announce several online symposia during 2020 on chapters from the new publication Jewish Philosophy in an Analytic Age, edited by Sam Lebens, Dani Rabinowitz, and Aaron Segal (Oxford University Press, August 2019). Description: Since the classical period, Jewish scholars have drawn on developments in philosophy...
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Symposium on Dan Baras’s “A Moral Argument Against Absolute Authority of the Torah” (Sophia, 2019)
December 15, 2019
In this article, I will argue against the Orthodox Jewish view that the Torah should be treated as an absolute authority. I begin with an explanation of what it means to treat something as an absolute authority. I then review examples of norms in the Torah that seem clearly immoral. Next, I explore reasons that people may have for accepting a person, text, or tradition as an absolute authority in general. I argue that none of these reasons can justify absolute authority if the authority prescribes norms that we strongly judge to be immoral. I then respond to three objections to my argument. I end with a note explaining why, contrary to a popular trend, the narrative of the binding of Isaac is not a good place to start this discussion.
Upcoming
Call for Abstracts: Worship and the Divine (Hebrew University: 5-8 August 2019)
August 5, 2019
As part of the John Templeton Foundation-sponsored project, entitled “Worship: A Jewish Philosophical Investigation,” we welcome abstracts for papers on the theme, “Worship and the Divine”. We are looking to receive abstracts (1) with relevance to the summer’s theme, (2) that could feasibly be completed within the project time-frame, (3) from scholars with a demonstrated ability to carry out a philosophical research...
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Symposia on Jewish Philosophy in an Analytic Age
January 1, 2020
The Association for the Philosophy of Judaism is pleased to announce several online symposia during 2020 on chapters from the new publication Jewish Philosophy in an Analytic Age, edited by Sam Lebens, Dani Rabinowitz, and Aaron Segal (Oxford University Press, August 2019). Description: Since the classical period, Jewish scholars have drawn on developments in philosophy...
Upcoming
Symposium on Dan Baras’s “A Moral Argument Against Absolute Authority of the Torah” (Sophia, 2019)
December 15, 2019
In this article, I will argue against the Orthodox Jewish view that the Torah should be treated as an absolute authority. I begin with an explanation of what it means to treat something as an absolute authority. I then review examples of norms in the Torah that seem clearly immoral. Next, I explore reasons that people may have for accepting a person, text, or tradition as an absolute authority in general. I argue that none of these reasons can justify absolute authority if the authority prescribes norms that we strongly judge to be immoral. I then respond to three objections to my argument. I end with a note explaining why, contrary to a popular trend, the narrative of the binding of Isaac is not a good place to start this discussion.
Upcoming
Symposium on David Benatar’s Better to Never Have Been (OUP, 2006)
March 18, 2018
From 18-24 March, the APJ is pleased to host a symposium on the Conclusion (chapter 7) of David Benatar’s book Better to Never have Been (OUP 2006) in which he claims that his anti-natalist views are compatible with certain religious views, including some Jewish views. With thanks to OUP, a copy of the Conclusion is...
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Call for Abstracts: Worship and the Divine (Hebrew University: 5-8 August 2019)
August 5, 2019
As part of the John Templeton Foundation-sponsored project, entitled “Worship: A Jewish Philosophical Investigation,” we welcome abstracts for papers on the theme, “Worship and the Divine”. We are looking to receive abstracts (1) with relevance to the summer’s theme, (2) that could feasibly be completed within the project time-frame, (3) from scholars with a demonstrated ability to carry out a philosophical research...
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APJ Co-Sponsored Conference at Haifa University (12-14 June, 2018)
June 12, 2018
For a full schedule, see: https://bit.ly/2Jv8jUb For a booklet of the abstracts for all of the talks, see: https://bit.ly/2Jy3KZq
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Conference on “Torah from Heaven” (18-22 June)
June 18, 2017
The Herzl Institute is delighted to announce a conference on the topic: What Does ‘Torah From Heaven’ Mean? This conference will seek to elucidate the traditional Jewish theology of torah from heaven in response to recent challenges. We hope to address questions such as: What can the idea that the torah is from heaven teach...
Jerusalem, Israel
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Call for Abstracts: Worship and the Divine (Hebrew University: 5-8 August 2019)
August 5, 2019
As part of the John Templeton Foundation-sponsored project, entitled “Worship: A Jewish Philosophical Investigation,” we welcome abstracts for papers on the theme, “Worship and the Divine”. We are looking to receive abstracts (1) with relevance to the summer’s theme, (2) that could feasibly be completed within the project time-frame, (3) from scholars with a demonstrated ability to carry out a philosophical research...
Expired
CFA- Theistic Ethics Workshop
October 5, 2017
Call for Abstracts 3rd Annual Theistic Ethics Workshop College of William and Mary October 5-7, 2017 Confirmed Speakers: Laura Ekstrom (College of William and Mary) Dan Moller (University of Maryland) Mark Murphy (Georgetown University) Mark Schroeder (University of Southern California) Rebecca Stangl (University of Virginia) Goal: Contemporary philosophy of religion has been richly informed by...
Williamsburg, VA, USA
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Studia Humana: Special Issue on Talmudic Hermeneutics
October 27, 2016
Special Issue on Talmudic Hermeneutics http://studiahumana.com/news,Special-Issue-on-Talmudic-Hermeneutics.html Studia Humana invites contributions to our workshop on “Philosophy and History of Talmudic Logic”. All accepted papers will be published electronically in Studia Humana as well as in a special volume of a book series “Studies in Talmudic Logic (לוגיקה תלמודית)”. Philosophy and History of Talmudic Logic Affiliated Workshop...
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Special Essay Prize Competition 2018/19
November 4, 2018
Essay Prize 2018-2019 This year, the Association for the Philosophy of Judaism is running a special essay prize, on the theme of the Meaning of Life. The analytic tradition of philosophy has dedicated surprisingly little attention to the ultimate question of the Meaning of Life. Despite this lack of focus, there have been a number...
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2017 Essay Prize Competition
November 1, 2017
APJ essay prize 2017 The Association for the Philosophy of Judaism is dedicated to encouraging new work in the philosophy of Judaism. Our annual APJ Essay Prize will be awarded to new work in the philosophy of Judaism. The winner will receive $500 and will also have their paper published in Faith & Philosophy, subject...
Online
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2016 Essay Prize Competition
January 19, 2016
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 APJ Essay Prize is Michael Haruni for his essay entitled “Praying and Truthfulness?”
Online
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