Symposia

For one week discussion on the symposium page will be devoted, but not limited, to a single paper. Where possible, we will seek the participation of the author of the paper under discussion and a number of suitable participants who will comment on the paper. If you have difficulty accessing any of the papers, please e-mail us at moc.j1527161506paeht1527161506@ofni1527161506 and we will be happy to forward you a copy.

Symposium on David Benatar’s Better to Never Have Been (OUP, 2006)
Expired
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
Expired
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...
Symposium on “But Now My Eye Has Seen You”: Yissurin Shel Ahavah as Divine Intimacy Theodicy”
Expired
Online
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
Symposium on Ken Seeskin’s new book “Thinking about the Torah: A Philosopher Reads the Bible” (JPS, 2016)
Expired
Online
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...
Symposium – 08-15 May – Gabriel Citron’s “Dreams, Nightmares, and a Defense Against Arguments from Evil”
Expired
Online
May 8, 2016
With thanks to Marilyn McCord Adams (Rutgers), John Pittard (Yale), Stephen R Ogden (Johns Hopkins), and Gabriel Citron (Toronto) for participating in this symposium. Gabriel’s original paper can be found here. The paper was the recipient of the APJ’s Annual Essay Prize: Dreams, Nightmares, and a Defense Against Arguments from Evil Responses from our symposiasts,...
March 17-23: Symposium on Shlomo Zuckier’s “A Halakhic-Philosophic Account of Justified Self-Defense”
Expired
Online
March 17, 2016
Many thanks to Shlomo, Jeff, Shlomit, Dov, and Shalom for participating in this symposium. Please click on the links below for the materials for this symposium: For a copy of Zuckier’s paper (with permission from the publishers), please click here. For a copy of Wallerstein’s response, please click here. For a copy of Frimer’s response,...
Symposium on David Benatar’s ‘What’s God Got to Do with It?’
Expired
Online
August 16, 2015
Welcome to our symposium on David Benatar’s paper: What’s God Got to Do with It? Atheism and Religious Practice. Ratio 19 (4):383–400. Please find a copy of the paper here: Our symposium begins with three sets of comments on the paper. Comments by Shira Weiss can be found here. Comments by Yuval Avnur can be...
Symposium on Goldschmidt’s “Commanding Belief”
Expired
Online
June 14, 2015
The APJ is pleased to devote the week of 14 -21 June to a discussion of Tyron Goldschmidt’s 2015 paper “Commanding Belief” (Ratio 27 (2):163-174), which was the winner of the APJ’s 2013 Essay Prize Competition. The publisher (Wiley) has kindly offered free access to Tyron’s paper via this link until the end of this...
Symposium on Sam Lebens’s “The Epistemology of Religiosity”
Expired
Online
June 8, 2014
Click here for a copy of Sam’s article. Click here for comments by Natalja Deng (Notre Dame) Click here for comments by Dani Rabinowitz (Oxford) Click here for replies by Lebens
Symposium on Reincarnation and Theodicy
Expired
Online
March 3, 2014
03 – 10 March “Judaism, Reincarnation and Theodicy“ by Tyron Goldschmidt (UNC Greensboro) and Beth Seacord (Grand Valley State). (Faith and Philosophy 30, 4 (October 2013), 393-417.) For comments by Anastasia Scrutton (Leeds), click here For comments by Bill Wood (Oxford), click here For responses by Tyron and Beth, click here
Symposium on Joshua Golding’s “The rationality of being a traditional religious Jew” (13-20 January)
Expired
Online
January 13, 2014
The symposium on Golding’s paper has now commenced. For comments by Silvia Jonas, please click here For comments by Matthew Benton, please click here For comments by Shira Weiss, please click here For Joshua Golding’s replies to the above comments, please click here The symposium is open to all interested parties. Please feel free to...
Symposium on Chapter 4 of Jerome (Yehudah) Gellman’s God’s Kindness has Overwhelmed Us: A Contemporary Doctrine of the Jews as the Chosen People
Expired
Online
December 1, 2013
The symposium is now open. Please see below for the opening comments by the two respondents and replies by Gellman. Comments by Luvell Anderson here Comments by Berel Dov Lerner here Replies by Yehudah Gellman here (Gellman’s God’s Kindness has Overwhelmed Us: A Contemporary Doctrine of the Jews as the Chosen People (Chapter 4) (permission...
Symposium on Eli Hirsch’s “Talmudic Destiny” 28 July–04 August
Expired
Online
July 28, 2013
July 28 – August 04 Symposium on Eli Hirsch’s “Talmudic Destiny” Participants include: John Hawthorne (Oxford), Rabbi Chanoch Waxman (Yeshivat Har Etzion), Jeff Russell (Oxford), Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers), and Jeremy Goodman (Oxford). Click here for comments by John Hawthorne Click here for comments by Jeremy Goodman Click here for comments by Jeff Russell Click here...
Symposium on Yitzhak Melamed’s “Salomon Maimon and the Failure of Modern Jewish Philosophy” (April 7-13)
Expired
Online
April 7, 2013
The symposium on Yitzhak Melamed’s “Salomon Maimon and the Failure of Modern Jewish Philosophy” is now underway, and will continue through April 13!  Please feel free to join the symposium by posting comments below. Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University), Michah Gottlieb (New York University), and Abraham Socher (Oberlin College) will be responding to comments throughout...
Symposium On Jewish Bioethics
Expired
Online
March 8, 2013
Symposium on Jewish Bioethics and Medical Halakha is underway. Discussion will be led by Alan Jotkowitz (Ben-Gurion University), Judah Goldberg (Yeshivat Har Etzion), and Ari Schick (Michigan State University). For opening comments by Alan Jotkowitz, click here For follow-up comments by Judah Goldberg, click here For response by Ari Schick, click here Feel free to...
Symposium on some immoral forms of prayer 09-16 December
Expired
Online
December 9, 2012
Discussion of Saul Smilansky’s (Haifa University) recent article, “A Problem About the Morality of Some Common Forms of Prayer” (Ratio 25:2, 2012) is now underway. Please click here for opening comments by Professor Scott Davison (Morehead State). Professor Smilansky has kindly agreed to participate in the symposium.