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Human Reason or Divine Revelation?

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Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to an evening with stimulating talk and discussion by Professor Dr. Jeffrey Macy, which will be held on Wednesday, March 14 at 19:00, at Etz Hayyim Synagogue.

Human Reason or Divine Revelation?

4 Approaches to “True Knowledge” in Medieval Jewish and Islamic Thought

“Seek the Truth wherever you can find it”, or “All the Truth and the guide to proper actions can be found in the Divinely revealed texts and the authentic traditions of our religious community” — which is the right path according to Medieval Jewish and Islamic thinkers?

Perhaps surprisingly, among medieval Jewish and Islamic thinkers there are conflicting views regarding the proper way to attain “True Knowledge”.  This talk will examine the 4 basic approaches that can be found among Medieval Jewish and Islamic Philosophers and Theologians regarding the use of Human Reason or the acceptance of Divine Revelation and Authentic Religious Tradition as the proper approach to ascertain the truth and to find the proper way in which to live.

Dr. Jeffrey Macy is Senior Lecturer and past Chair of the Political Science Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He has taught as a Visiting Professor at numerous universities, including three years at Yale University, and he has served as a Research Fellow at Harvard University. During the current academic year he is a visiting Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Crete.  His academic specialties include Ancient and Medieval Political Thought, Religion and Politics in the Ancient and Medieval world, as well as Jewish and Islamic philosophy.


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