Worship and the Human

August 3, 2020 - August 6, 2020
Department of Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mt Scopus

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  • The John Templeton Foundation

Selected speakers:

Princeton University
University of Vermont
University of Southern California
Yeshiva University
University of Haifa
University of Notre Dame
Rutgers University - New Brunswick


University of Haifa
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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At this workshop, part of the project, "Worship: A Jewish Philosophical Investigation," we will discuss invited and submitted papers on the theme, "Worship and the Human".  Questions to be addressed include:  In what ways might worship be constitutive of a good life? Does it ever make sense to worship someone or something? Is it ever ethical to engage in worship, and is it ever unethical not to engage in worship? How might attitudes like worship and deference contribute to a meaningful relationship among worshippers and between the worshippers and the thing that is worshipped? When might such attitudes be detrimental? What conception of human flourishing might lead to a role for worship, and how might worship play that role? What conception of communal flourishing might lead to a role for communal worship, and how might worship play that role? What role, if any, do icons and iconography play in a good life?

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