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JPH 144- Jewish Philosophy I

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An in-depth study of some of the central themes in Jewish philosophy, including the Jewish belief system, the existence and the nature of G-d, the problem of evil and theodicy, views on the afterlife, the underlying structure of the Halachic system, the persistence of anti-Semitism and the underlying philosophical differences in modern Jewish society.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • A greater appreciation for Jewish philosophers and the philosophical themes dealt with in Jewish texts

  • An ability to describe recurrent philosophical themes through the lens of Jewish history and the way Judaism was lived and practiced

  • Explain the differing positions of various Jewish thinkers in relation to the major themes of Jewish philosophy studied

  • Demonstrate the relevance of Jewish philosophy by charting its impact in shaping the behavior of 21st century Jewry