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Meimonides
It strikes me that the solution proposed by Maimonides to the freewill problem has been wrongly equated with the solution put forward by Boethius. In what follows, I try to explain how the two proposals differ. I’d love to hear...
Lennon Eyeglasses
Reviewed by Andrew Pessin, Professor of Philosophy, Connecticut College: John Lennon and the Jews (JL&J;) is an extremely original and significant book. It should be read by every Jew, no matter where he or she stands on the long...
Sometimes, absence of evidence for p does not count as evidence for not-p. So, there being an absence of evidence for, say, that there are 1.2 billion ants in Jerusalem does not count as evidence that there are not 1.2 billion ants in Jerusalem. At other times, however, absence of evidence for p does count as evidence for not-p. So, that there are no signs of footprints in the mud is not only an absence of evidence that somebody has just recently walked in the mud, but is evidence that nobody has walked there.
Salomon Maimon
In recent years works by Reuven Agushewitz and Solomon Maimon have been translated into English. I wonder if anyone is able to furnish us with a book review or a detailed summary of their work. Whilst the two men couldn’t...
I’ve written a short little book that is a re-writing of Rav Hirsch’s Nineteen Letters. The re-working tries to package the key ideas in modern language and reapply them to different historical circumstances. Here is an edited excerpt from the...
Here are links to two articles relating to logic in the Talmud: “The Realm of the Sacred, wherein We may not Draw an Inference from Something which Itself has been Inferred: a reading of Talmud Bavli Zevachim folio 50” by Curtis Franks Department of Philosophy,
Discuss Gittin
In what follows, I copy the soncino translation of tractate Gittin 28a. I intersplice the text with my italicised comments. I have nothing of real interest to say about this excerpt. That’s why I’m appealing for your help! If we don’t want...
Talmudic Destiny
Upcoming
February 22, 2023
7:00 pm
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 22nd, 2023 at the Hilton Denver City Center, Denver, CO. This year’s session will...
Expired
October 23, 2022
8:00 am
The APJ will be holding a symposium on The Principles of Judaism (OUP, 2020) by Samuel Lebens on 23–27 October 2022. The symposium will be held on this page. For comments on Chapter 1 by Filippo Casati (Lehigh University), please click...