From ancient to modern times, some of the greatest Jewish thinkers have regularly utilized “Greek” or philosophical frameworks to explore religious ideas. Why? How have traditional Jewish thinkers drawn upon the language and spirit of Athens? In this seminar course, we will consider how modern Jewish philosophers and theologians engage and investigate great human questions. Along the way, we will introduce and explore some of the greatest Jewish minds of the 20th century, including Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits, Michael Wyschogrod, and Emmanuel Levinas.
Dr. Ira Bedzow
Ira Bedzow is an associate professor of medicine, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, and the director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program at New York Medical College. He is also Senior Scholar of the Aspen Center for Social Values, a contributor at the MirYam Institute, and a regular contributor in Forbes for their Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion section. Bedzow received his PhD from Emory University. He is also an Orthodox rabbi (yoreh yoreh and yadin yadin).
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