Hartman Institute Philosophy Conference to Examine Concept of ‘Universal Religiosity’ June 20-23, 2010
The Philosophy Conference brings together leading philosophers for an intense dialogue between Jewish tradition and the modern intellectual world

The Shalom Hartman Institute’s 24th International Philosophy Conference, being held June 20-June 23, 2010, (8-11 Tammuz 5770) is titled, "Expanding the Religious Community," and will examine the concept of "universal religiosity."
 
The Philosophy Conference brings together leading philosophers for an intense dialogue between Jewish tradition and the modern intellectual world. Drawing upon the sources of Jewish thought and general philosophy, the conference provides an interdisciplinary intellectual interchange that enriches both traditions. At each conference, participants are called upon to deal with contemporary moral and political issues facing the Jewish people and the world-at-large.
 
This year’s conference will address such questions as: 
  • Is there a notion of universal religiosity?
  • Is the non-Jew a person of religious importance? 
The conference will discuss texts that tend to expand and challenge the concept of the religious community and create some sense of a community outside the particular. Participants will explore the concept of citizenship and membership in halakha, law, and political philosophy.
 
Sessions will examine recent philosophical works and look at the way religious texts affect the political and social environment, as well as the Arab-Israeli conflict. Hartman Institute scholars giving major presentations include Institute President Donniel Hartman, Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Moshe Halbertal, and Eli Schonfeld .
 
Also lecturing are: 
  • Avishay Braverman, Israeli Minister in Charge of Minorities: "Minorities in the State of Israel"
  • Said Zeedani, professor of philosophy at Al Quds University: "The Israeli-Arab Experience"
  • Sanford Levinson, professor of government at University of Texas Law School: "What We Owe the Stranger: Some Insights from American Constitutional Law" 
The conference is closed, but one lecture related to the conference theme is open to the public, the Robert Kogod Annual Lecture. This year’s lecture will be delivered June 22, 2010, by Prof. Michael Walzer of the Institute for Advanced Study. His title is "The State of Israel – What It Means to be Sovereign."
 
Participants from overseas include: 
  • Ted Cohen, University of Chicago 
  • George Fletcher, Columbia Law School
  • Miriam Galston, George Washington University
  • William Galston, Brookings Institution
  • Michael Harris, London School of Jewish Studies
  • Lawrence Kaplan, McGill University
  • Barry Kogan, Hebrew Union College        
  • Berel Lange, Wesleyan University
  • Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School
  • Judith Lichtenberg, University of Maryland
  • David Luban, Georgetown University
  • Jonathan Malino, Guilford College
  • Charles Manekin, University of Maryland  
  • Nancy Sherman, Georgetown University
  • Josef Stern, University of Chicago
  • Eleonore Stump, Saint Louis University
  • Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Howard Wettstein, University of California 
Participants from Israel include: 
  • Daniel Attas, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Yitzhak Benbaji, Bar-Ilan University, Shalom Hartman Institute 
  • Yossi David, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Avital Davidovich-Eshed, Shalom Hartman Institute 
  • David Dishon, Shalom Hartman Institute  
  • Yair Eldan, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Yakir Englander, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Moshe Halbertal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • David Hartman, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Donniel Hartman, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Zev Harvey, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Ronit Ir-Shay, Bar-Ilan University, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Rut Kara-Ivanov Kaniel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Menachem Kellner, University of Haifa  
  • Menachem Lorberbaum, Tel Aviv University, Shalom Hartman Institute  
  • Yair Lorberbaum, Bar-Ilan University, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Ariel Meirav, University of Haifa
  • Rachel Sabath-Beit Halachmi, Hebrew Union College, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Eli Schonfeld, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Saul Smilansky, University of Haifa
  • Daniel Statman, University of Haifa
  • Naomi Sussman, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Gil Troy, McGill University, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Hami Verbin, Tel Aviv University, Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Shira Wolosky, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
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