FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY: 20th Century Jewish Thinkers


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Date & Time

Thursdays, 10:00-11:30AM (EST) February 3 - March 24

“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing
the error of defining it.”
― Hannah Arendt


Course Description :

Overview: One of the greatest  challenges of our time is balancing freedom and  responsibility. This course will explore the thought of eight Jewish thinkers of the 20th and 21st centuries who have grappled with profound questions about the nature and extent of freedom and obligations beyond the self.

Week 1: Martin Buber

Week 2:  Hans Jonas

Week 3: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Week 4: Hannah Arendt

Week 5: Emmanuel Levinas

Week 6: Abraham Kaplan

Week 7: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Week 8: Avi Sagi   

Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am (EST)

Dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24


About the Instructor:

Marsha B. Cohen, Ph.D. is an independent scholar, researcher and writer, who holds Melton’s Deborah and Michael Troner Endowed Faculty Chair. She earned her PhD in International Relations from Florida International University and taught for over a decade, specializing in the Middle East and North Africa and the Role of Religion in World Affairs. Marsha received her BA in Political Philosophy from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Marsha has been teaching for the Department of Adult Learning & Growth as part of the Melton faculty for 20 plus years.