Does It Matter Who Wrote the Torah? What Would Maimonides Say?
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 • 25 Shevat 57777:00 PM - 9:00 PM
On Tuesday, February 21, at 7:00 PM, our own Dr. Sam Fleischacker will talk with us about Maimonides' Eight Principle of Faith - Divine Authorship of the Torah.
Famously, Maimonides says in his Commentary on the Mishnah and his Mishneh Torah that Moses wrote every word of the Torah at the dictation of God. But Maimonides also says that God can't talk, and that anyone who thinks God can talk is an idolater. So what exactly does Maimonides mean by describing Moses as a scribe who wrote down God's words?
Please join us as Dr. Fleischacker presents a philosophical approach to the proper understanding of Maimonides' views on the nature of revelation - empowering us to stand, once again, with Moses on Sinai.
Pizza and Beer will be served.
The event is free but please register below if you plan to attend.
About Dr. Fleischacker
Samuel Fleischacker is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and currently a Berggruen Fellow at NYU. He studied at Yale University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1989. He works in moral and political philosophy, the history of philosophy, aesthetics and the philosophy of religion. Among the issues that have particularly interested him are the moral status of culture, the nature and history of liberalism, and the relationship between moral and other values (aesthetic values, religious values, political values). His publications include The Ethics of Culture (Cornell, 1994), A Third Concept of Liberty: Judgment and Freedom in Kant and Adam Smith (Princeton, 1999), On Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations: A Philosophical Companion (Princeton, 2003), A Short History of Distributive Justice (Harvard, 2004), Divine Teaching and the Way of the World (Oxford, 2011), What Is Enlightenment? (Routledge, 2012), and The Good and the Good Book (Oxford, 2015). Professor Fleischacker has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at Edinburgh University, and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton. He taught previously at Williams College.
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