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Exploring the Philosophy of Halakhah
In this short course we'll explore three questions about the halakhic system as a whole. The first question concerns the amount of room that the system has for creativity and diversity. The second question concerns the relationship between halakhic categories and ethical categories. The final question concerns the relationship between truth and justice - when the evidence is insufficient, is the role of the judge to uncover the facts, or to heal the discord?
Mar 4, 2021 01:00 PM
Mar 11, 2021 01:00 PM
Mar 18, 2021 01:00 PM
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Rabbi Dr. Samuel Lebens
Rabbi Dr. Samuel Lebens is a research fellow in the philosophy department at the University of Haifa, and a dynamic Jewish educator. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Birkbeck College (University of London), and held post-doctoral positions at the University of Notre Dame and Rutgers. His thesis was a defense of Bertrand Russell’s theory of assertion. He is also an ordained Orthodox Rabbi, having studied at various Israeli Rabbinical schools (Yeshivat Hakotel, Yeshivat Hamivtar, and Yeshivat Har Etzion). His most recent book is The Principles of Judaism (Oxford University Press). Sam’s academic interests span the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language. He is also the co-founder and chair of the Association for the Philosophy of Judaism.