26 2014

Ethics, Schmethics: Are There Such Things as Jewish Values

11:00AM - 12:00PM  

Arnold Hall, Jewish Studies Center 96 Wentworth.
Charleston, SC

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It is common for Jews to say that they are motivated by Jewish (or Torah) values or that they seek ethical guidance in Jewish teachings. This is even true of many who have no interest in Jewish rituals. But are there any such things as Jewish values? In this talk Professor David Benatar will examine this and related uncomfortable questions about the relationship between ethics, on the one hand, and Judaism (and religion more generally) on the other. David Benatar is Professor and Head of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence (Oxford, 2006) and The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). He is currently an ethics research fellow at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.