What is the philosophic life? What truths do philosophers seek to uncover or understand? Why do human beings seek the good? In this seminar course, we will introduce you to the most fundamental philosophical questions by reading two of Plato’s most important dialogues—the Euthyphro and the Apology—alongside sources from the Hebrew Bible and contemporary Jewish writings. Together, we will consider what the philosophic life demands and how it impacts politics, religion, and Jewish self-understanding.
Dr. Matthew Holbreich
Matt Holbreich is a fellow at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, an associate attorney at Fenwick & West LLP, and an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University, where he has taught courses on philosophy, literature, film and American political thought, among others. He is the co-editor with Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Stuart Halpern, and Jonathan Silver of the sourcebook, Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land: The Hebrew Bible in the United States. He received his PhD in political science from Notre Dame University, where he was a Lilly Presidential Scholar, and his JD from New York University.
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