Exploring the Philosophy of Halakhah
Dr. Samuel Lebens / March 11, 2021
In this short course we’ll explore three questions about the halakhic system as a whole. The first question concerns the amount of room that the system has for creativity and diversity. The second question concerns the relationship between halakhic categories and ethical categories. The final question concerns the relationship between truth and justice – when the evidence is insufficient, is the role of the judge to uncover the facts, or to heal the discord?
Classes 1 & 2: Pluralism and Halakhah
Class 3: Halakhah and Ethics
Dr. Samuel Lebens
Rabbi Dr. Samuel Lebens is a philosopher at the university of Haifa and adjunct faculty at Drisha. His first book is about Bertrand Russell and the philosophy of language. His second book, The Principles of Judaism (forthcoming with Oxford University Press) is a contemporary exploration of the philosophical underpinnings of the Jewish faith. He is also co-founder of the Association for the Philosophy of Judaism (personal website: www.samlebens.com). Click here to access podcasts recorded by Sam Lebens.