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 and we will be happy to forward you a copy.
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...
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.
August 26, 2012
This symposium on Lara Buchak’s “Can it be Rational to have Faith?” will commence on Sunday 26 August and run through to 02 September. The symposium will be led by Sandy Goldberg (Northwestern), Trent Dougherty (Baylor), and Lara Buchak (Berkeley). All are welcome to participate. (OUP is offering a 20% discount on Probability in the...
July 7, 2012
This symposium centers around questions raised in Howard Wettstein’s paper “Doctrine” For Ari Schick’s opening comments, please click here For Wettstein’s response, please click here Please feel free to post a comment on either/both pieces.
Symposium on Aharon Lichtenstein’s paper “Does Jewish Tradition Recognize an Ethic Independent of Halakha?”
April 19, 2012
This symposium explores the relationship between Jewish law and morality. The symposium will be led by Alan Mittleman (JTS) and Daniel Statman (Haifa). A copy of Lichtenstein’s paper can be found here A Hebrew translation of the paper can be found here. Click here for Alan Mittleman’s opening comments. Click here for Daniel Statman’s opening...
Symposium on Halakha (Jewish Law) and Philosophy of Law: Authority, Halakha, and the ‘Official Vigilante’
March 21, 2012
A symposium led by Sari Kisilevsky (CUNY), Ken Ehrenberg (SUNY), and Laliv Clenman (Leo Baeck) will occur here between March 21–28. The discussion will center around the problems of authority and law in relation to Mishna Sanhedrin 9:6, in particular the rule that zealots may attack the Jewish man who is having sexual relations with...
February 21, 2012
In this thought-provoking paper, Pava defends the claim that there is a unique Jewish business ethic. In so doing, Pava sets himself apart from those like Kant and Mill who defend the universal character of ethical imperatives. In other words, Pava proposes that there is a business ethics to be found within the texts of...
December 1, 2011
Is Judaic logic used in the Talmud for inferring Judaic laws analytic? Is it a priori? Judaism differs considerably from other theistic religions. One of the main features is that Jewish religious laws are not dogmatic but based on specific legal reasoning. This reasoning was already used by the first Judaic commentators of the Bible...
October 15, 2011
The symposium on Eleonore Stump’s paper, “Saadia Gaon on The Problem of Evil” (Faith and Philosophy 1997, Vol. 14, No. 4: 523-49), is now underway. Prof. Stump has kindly agreed to participate in the Symposium. In what follows, I replicate the abstract of the paper, a brief summary and a series of questions to get things...
September 13, 2011
The symposium on David Shatz's paper, "Hierarchical Theories of Freedom and the Hardening of Hearts" is now underway. Professor Shatz has kindly agreed to initiate the symposium with some thoughts on his paper and the broader philosophical and exegetical issues it raises. What follows are his remarks.