The APJ’s Meeting at the APA Central 2022
February 23, 2022
The APJ is delighted to announce that our annual group session will be held at the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association on Wednesday, February 23th, 2022 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, IL. This year’s session will be on the topic “The Philosophy of Jewish Halakha.” Here is the schedule of...
Call for Abstracts: APJ Meeting at the APA Central on The Philosophy of Halakha
September 15, 2021
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...
Hybrid Workshop: Worship and the Human
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.  
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.
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...
Conference on the Meaning of Life, University of Haifa
June 11, 2019
The Association for the Philosophy of Judaism is proud to be co-sponsoring a conference on the meaning of life, at the University of Haifa. For more details, please click to see the conference Booklet
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...
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...
APJ Co-Sponsored Conference at Haifa University (12-14 June, 2018)
June 12, 2018
For a full schedule, see: For a booklet of the abstracts for all of the talks, see:
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...
Symposium on “The Promise of a New Past” by Sam Lebens and Tyron Goldschmidt
January 21, 2018
The APJ is pleased to host an online symposium on the following paper: The “Promise of a New Past” by Sam Lebens and Tyron Goldschmidt. Philosophers’ Imprint 2017, 17 (18): 1-25 Respondents: Kenneth Hochstetter (Southern Nevada) Hud Hudson (Western Washington) Ryan Mullins (St. Andrews) Beth Seacord (Southern Nevada) A copy of the paper can be...
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...
Symposium on “But Now My Eye Has Seen You”: Yissurin Shel Ahavah as Divine Intimacy Theodicy”
June 14, 2017
By Michael Harris, The Torah u-Madda Journal (17/2016-17). With thanks to the editor of TUMJ, please click here for a copy of Harris’s paper. For responses by commentators and reply by Harris, please click here
Conference on “Torah from Heaven” (18-22 June)
Jerusalem, Israel
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...
CFA- Theistic Ethics Workshop
Williamsburg, VA, USA
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...
Symposium on Ken Seeskin’s new book “Thinking about the Torah: A Philosopher Reads the Bible” (JPS, 2016)
February 19, 2017
The symposium centers on chapters 1 & 6 of Ken’s book: Chapter 1 Footnotes to Chapter 1 Chapter 6 Footnotes to Chapter 6 (Permission kindly granted by JPS) Commentators include: Shira Weiss (Yeshiva University) Michael Fagenblat (Open University of Israel) James Diamond (Waterloo) For comments by the above, please click here For Ken’s replies, please...