The Renaissance of Jewish Philosophy in America

Conference to Explore Resurgence of Jewish Philosophy in America

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

January 27, 2006, Princeton, NJ

The remarkable resurgence of constructive Jewish philosophy in America will be the focus of a two–day conference at Princeton University, entitled "The Renaissance of Jewish Philosophy in America." The conference will take place Wednesday–Thursday, February 22–23, in the Senate Chamber of Whig Hall at Princeton. Sponsors include The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of The Jewish Theological Seminary; the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University; and the Department of Religion, Princeton University.

Scholars and thinkers who have contributed to this renaissance will reflect on the role that the American context (ideals and realities, philosophy and politics) has played in influencing their work. Attention will also be focused on the extent to which their intellectual agenda has been shaped by the social and cultural context of the contemporary American university. The distinguished group of scholars includes Leora Batnitzky, Princeton University; William A. Galston, University of Maryland; Lenn E. Goodman, Vanderbilt University; Michael Morgan, Indiana University; David Novak, University of Toronto; Peter Ochs, University of Virginia; Norbert M. Samuelson, Arizona State University; Kenneth Seeskin, Northwestern University; and Martin D. Yaffe, University of North Texas.

Topics to be addressed include: American Jewish Thought in the Light of German Judaism; Covenant and Social Contract: Classical Judaism and Classical Liberalism; Pragmatism, Philosophical Analysis and Science: Influences and Interactions; Ethics and Metaphysics: Renewing Traditions of Natural Law; and Assessing the American Jewish Philosophical Renaissance. The program is free and open to the public.

Further information is available by calling (609) 258–5107.

Editors/Reporters: Limited seats will be available for the media. Further information is available by contacting Sherry Kirschenbaum in the JTS Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953 or email.

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