Theology & Philosophy

Wisdom, Principle, and Liberty in Jewish Ethical Writings


Through an examination of the ancient Jewish ethical text Pirke Avot, in combination with writings by Maimonides and Spinoza, conferees considered religiously anchored and philosophically anchored conceptions of ethics and the well-led life, and the relations between those conceptions, from antiquity to the early modern period.


Conference Readings

Maimonides, Moses. Ethical Writings of Maimonides. New York: Dover Publications, 1975.

Maimonides, Moses. Pirkei Avot. Edited by Eliyahu Touger. Brooklyn: Moznaim Pub Corp, 1994.

Maimonides, Moses. The Guide of the Perplexed, Volume 2. Translated by Shlomo Pines. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.

Spinoza, Baruch. Theological-Political Treatise. Translated by Samuel Shirley. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1991.