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THE RABBI JOSHUA O. HABERMAN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR SERIES
Is Judaism Really Monotheistic? A Maimonidean Perspective
with Professor Kenneth Seeskin
*Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization, Northwestern University
The first two commandments of the Decalogue are the primary sources for our Jewish monotheism. How do we understand the commandments? Is belief in one God all that is required to make one a monotheist? If not, what else is needed? Why does the third commandment prohibit us from making images of God? Professor Seeskin, a professor of philosophy and expert in Maimonides, will explain how these issues are more controversial than people might think. In fact, it is far from clear that we observe these laws in the ways that Rambam and other sages understood them.
Monday, December 10
*7:45 - 9:15 PM
*Please note different start time.
At and co-sponsored by Beth Shalom Congregation
8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, MD 21044
Kenneth Seeskin is the Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization, specializing in Jewish Philosophy, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion. His work uses classic texts in the history of philosophy to shed light on problems of perennial interest. His latest book is Maimonides on the Origin of the World (Cambridge UP, 2005). Previous books include Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge UP, 2001),Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides (Oxford UP, 2000), Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age (SUNY Press) and Maimonides: A Guide for Today's Perplexed (Behrman House). Among his published articles are: “Is the Apology of Socrates a Parody?” “Socratic Philosophy and the Dialogue Form,” “Vlastos on Elenchus and Mathematics,” “Maimonides’ Appropriation of Aristotle’s Ethics,” and “From Maimonides to Spinoza.” He has co-won several teaching awards at Northwestern and has edited the Cambridge Companion to Maimonides.
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