The Renaissance of Jewish Philosophy in America

February 22, 2006

Speakers include Leora Batnitzky, Martin Yaffe, David Novak, Kenneth Seeskin, Norbert Samuelson, Michael Morgan, Robert P. George , Neil Gillman, Alan Mittleman, Peter Ochs, Lenn Goodman, and William Galston.


See Conference Schedule for full list of speakers and panelists.

In this conference, the James Madison Program, the Finkelstein Institute and the Department of Religion focus on the remarkable resurgence of constructive Jewish philosophy in America. Scholars and thinkers who have contributed to this renaissance will reflect on their work with a specific aim in mind. That aim is to ask what role the American context—broadly construed—has played in their thought. How have American ideals and realities, American philosophy and politics, influenced their work? To what extent has their intellectual agenda been shaped by the social and cultural context, including the contemporary American university?


"Coming After:" American Jewish Thought in 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


Senate Chamber of Whig Hall

Cosponsored by:

  • Department of Religion
  • Louis Finkelstein Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary