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February 23, 2022
Call for Abstracts: The APJ plans to sponsor a session on the theme “The Philosophy of Halakha” at the APA’s Central Division* in Chicago, IL, February 23-26, 2022. We invite abstracts of up to 1,000 words on any topic in the Philosophy of Halakha, broadly construed (including philosophical engagement with specific Halakhic rules, meta-Halakhic discussions, the metaphysics of Halakha, and so...
July 19, 2021
As part of the John Templeton Foundation-sponsored project entitled “Worship: A Jewish Philosophical Investigation,” the workshop Worship and the Human will take place (hybridly) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on July 19-21, 2021. For a full schedule, see here.
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.