Conference in honor of Ken Seeskin
Religious Philosophers, Philosophical Spirits | May 10 - 11, 2021
A (virtual) conference in honor of Ken Seeskin on the occasion of his retirement.
This conference will be conducted via Zoom. Speakers will submit papers by April 26, to be posted on a conference website, so that participants may read papers in advance. On the panels, each speaker will present a 15-20 minute summary of his or her paper, followed by 20 minutes of discussion. For more information, please contact John Beverley (JohnBeverley2021@u.northwestern.edu). A Zoom registration link will be available soon.
Monday, May 10
9:00 a.m. | Welcome: Cristina Lafont (chair, philosophy department)
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Session 1: Maimonides
Chair: Barry Wimpfheimer (Northwestern)
Josef Stern (Chicago), "Maimonides, the Falāsifa, and the Kalam on Certainty and the Certainty of Prophecy”
Menachem Kellner (Israel), "The Doctrine of the Chosen People: Mordecai Kaplan, Isaac Deutscher and George Steiner vs. Maimonides, Hermann Cohen and Kenneth Seeskin"
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Session 2: Maimonides 2
Chair: Judith Baskin (Oregon)
James Diamond (Waterloo), "Maimonides’ Theological Political Treatise for the Messianic Era"
Daniel Frank (Purdue), “The Structure and Purpose of the Guide” (tentative attendance)
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Lunch
2:00 p.m. - 3:30p.m. | Session 3: Ancient Philosophy and Jewish Philosophy
Chair: Andrew Hull (Northwestern)
Roslyn Weiss (Lehigh), "Socrates and Maimonides on Serving a Distant God"
Steven Nadler (Wisconsin), “Spinoza versus Aristotle on Friendship”
Tuesday, May 11
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Session 4
Chair: Sandy Goldberg (Northwestern)
Stefano Perfetti (Pisa), "Thinking about concrete eschatology: A Marxist philosopher (Ernst Bloch) reads the Bible"
Adriano Fabris (Pisa), “Religious Experience at Stake: Philosophy of Religion and Interreligious Dialogue”
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Session 5
Chair: Laurie Zoloth (Chicago)
David Novak (Toronto), “How Can a Philosopher Speak of God?”
Mira Balberg (UCSD), “The Use and Abuse of Prophecy in Ancient Judaism”
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. | Lunch
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Session 6
Chair: Regina Schwartz (Northwestern)
Stephanie Brenzel (Northwestern) "Prophetic Messianism and the Idea of the Future: Jewish Philosophy and Modern Physics”
Michael Morgan (Indiana), “Revelation, Dialogue, and Authority in Twentieth-Century Jewish Philosophy”
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Break
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Ken Seeskin, closing remarksBack to top