Is it Wrong to be Ethical? Ethics, Halakhah, and Philosophy of Law
Daniel Rynhold / January 1, 2020
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It’s clear on the one hand that Judaism requires ethical behavior of us. But does it require such behavior because it is ethical? Or is it required for legal reasons that have little to do with ethics? Might it even be religiously wrong for us to behave ethically on the basis of ethical reasoning? In this session we will explore the nexus between Judaism and ethics and some of the very different attitudes towards the relationship between them. Introduction by Rabbi David Silber.
Daniel Rynhold is Associate Professor in Modern Jewish Philosophy at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he also coordinates the PhD Program. He received a BA in Philosophy from Cambridge University, an MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London, and a PhD in Jewish Philosophy at the London School of Economics. He has authored several scholarly articles, as well as two books: Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One’s Practices (Oxford University Press, 2005) and An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy (2009).