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Rabbis, Rebels, and Reformers: Jewish Philosophy through the Ages

RELI 294
Fall 2015 not offered
Crosslisting: COL 337
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies, Middle Eastern Studies

How has the philosophical quest contributed to Jewish thought, and how has Judaism contributed to the philosophical tradition? This course offers an introduction to the classics of Jewish philosophy and theology through the ages. We begin with the Bible, which bears witness to the earliest encounter of Torah and philosophy. We will explore the growth of philosophical thought in Hellenistic Jewish culture and its flowering in the medieval Islamic world. We will then focus on the engagement of Jewish thinkers with the philosophical problems of modernity, from Benedict Spinoza to Abraham Joshua Heschel. Among the questions we will consider in class are the role of reason in religion, the relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish wisdom, and the effort to update Jewish modes of thought and its ancestral tradition to the burning questions of each generation.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(RELI)

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