Spinoza Speaker SeriesDate: March 9, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
CONVERSATIONS ON BENEDICT (BARUCH) SPINOZA: SPINOZA’S RECEPTION AMONG HIS CONTEMPORARIES AND IN LATER YIDDISH CULTURE
Saturday, March 9, 7:30 - 9 pm at Temple Israel
Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza was excommunicated by the Amsterdam Portuguese-Jewish community in the 17th century. In this conversation, Steven Nadler and Alan Nadler will consider various aspects of Spinoza’s life and philosophy as it relates to Jewish thought and life.
Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy, the Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities, and the Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam; The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes; Spinoza: A Life; and more. With his son, Ben Nadler, he produced the graphic book Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy.
Allan Nadler is Wallerstein Professor Emeritus at Drew University. He is the author of Faith of the Mithnagdim: Rabbinic Responses to Hasidic Rapture and The Hasidim in America. An ordained rabbi, Dr. Nadler served the Charles River Park Synagogue in Boston and Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Westmount (Montreal), and was also the Director of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
Session will be moderated by Cantor-Rabbi Ron Eichaker.
No RSVP necessary.
Co-sponsored by United Hebrew Congregation, Temple Israel, and the Center for Jewish Learning.