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Jonathan Jacobs Awarded NEH Grant for Medieval Jewish Philosophy Summer Seminar

Professor Jonathan Jacobs, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics at John Jay College, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to direct a Summer Seminar for College and University Faculty in 2017.  The topic is "Will, Commandment, and Human Perfection in Medieval Jewish Philosophy" The seminar will be an in-depth exploration of key ideas concerning the will, moral agency, and moral epistemology in two key figures in medieval Jewish philosophy Saadia Gaon and Moses Maimonides. Their views had a central place in medieval Jewish philosophy and Maimonides' influence has reached much more widely, continuing even now. Their views of volition, relations between rational justification and revelation, and the role of tradition in transmitting moral knowledge are relevant to enduring debates in moral epistemology and the conception of moral agency. 

The seminar will be four weeks, July 9-August 4 2017, and will take place at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Sixteen participants will be chosen from faculty applicants, at least three of whom should be non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty. Details concerning the seminar and the application process will be available in coming weeks from NEH and several other sources. 

Professor Jacobs is author of nine books and editor of three, and has published more than eighty articles on topics in Ethics, Medieval Philosophy, and Criminal Justice. He edited (with Jon Jackson of London School of Economics) the Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics (2016) and his most recent book on the topic of the seminar is Law, Reason, and Morality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Oxford U Press, 2010).

Submitted on: AUG 26, 2016

Category: Philosophy