This international conference, in combination with the 2017 Stroum Lectures, explored the myriad ways in which Spinoza has contributed to the development of modern Jewish philosophy.
Tracie Matysik explains the controversy around Spinoza's unconventional ideas about God and humanity, and why they suggest we should slow down in a fast-paced world.
Professor Benjamin Pollock brings together multiple philosophers' perspectives on love and the Divine to argue that our ideas about "true love" are deeply entwined with our sense of God and ourselves.
Professor Yitzhak Melamed argues that the German Jewish Enlightenment movement, the Haskalah, was motivated by a profound sense of shame.
2017 Stroum Lecturer Jonathan Israel explores how Enlightenment thinkers both fueled anti-Semitism and created greater space for Jewish people in society.
Does it matter if scripture is divine? Spinoza expert Steven Nadler weighs in on the philosopher's ideas about the Bible.
Is heresy still a meaningful concept in American Judaism? Daniel Schwartz argues that the discussions Spinoza inspires are more relevant than ever.
During World War I, philosopher Hermann Cohen argued that Jews could be true and full citizens of the new German nation-state. Many of his contemporaries, including other Jews, disagreed. Professor Michael Rosenthal explains.