The tension between reason and revelation has for centuries occupied Jewish philosophers who were committed, on the one hand, to defending Judaism, and, on the other hand, to remaining loyal to philosophical principles.
Although Maimonides is considered the most prominent Jewish religious philosopher, whose aim was to reconcile philosophy, in particular Aristotelian philosophy, with the fundamental principles of Judaism. But many other Jewish thinkers, before and after him, also struggled with this task, raising the question whether it is possible to attain this reconciliation.
The connection between philosophy and religion was often not an obvious one. As a consequence, it could serve in some cases as grounds for supporting Maimonides’ project, while in others it could lead to rejection.
The lecture series “Scepticism and Anti-Scepticism in Medieval Jewish Thought” focuses on sceptical questions, methods, strategies, and approaches raised by Jewish thinkers in the Middle Ages. In the series of lectures, we wish to examine the variety of attitudes presented by these thinkers, and the latest readings of contemporary scholars concerning those attitudes.
Dienstags, 18–20 Uhr, Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, Schlüterstr. 51, Raum 5060
On the Role of Certain and Near-Certain Knowledge in Maimonides’ Religious Philosophy
Charles Manekin, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Jewish Averroists against Kabbalah: Examples of Sceptical Strategies and Argumentation
Dr. Bill Rebiger, Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, Universität Hamburg
Hasdai Crescas’ Sceptical Critique of Maimonides
Warren Zev Harvey, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
The Sex Life of a Metaphysical Sceptic: Platonic Themes in Gersonides? Commentary on Song of Songs
Yehuda Halper, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Between Philosophic Optimism and Fideistic Scepticism: An Overview of Medieval Jewish Philosophy
Howard Kreisel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Halakhic Dogmatism, Aggadic Scepticism: a Duality of Medieval Philosophical Exegesis
David Lemler, Université de Strasbourg, France
Does Maimonides’ Theory of Parables in the Guide of the Perplexed Support a Sceptical Reading of the Work?
Lawrence J. Kaplan, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
The Passion for Metaphysics in Maimonides’ Thought: A Study of the Guide of the Perplexed 1:31-35
Dov Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Scepticism at the Service of Revelation: Logic and epistemology in Judah Halevi’s Kuzari
Ariel Malachi, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Anti-Scepticism within the Jewish Averroist School
Racheli Haliva, Universität Hamburg
Maria Wazinski, M.A, Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, Universität Hamburg