Michael Morgan, "Jewish Philosophy and the Messianic Idea in Judaism: Some Reflections"

Roz and Ralph Halbert Endowment in Jewish Studies

In a recently published volume, Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism, which I edited with Steve Weitzman, Martin Kavka makes some comments about the role of the catastrophic and apocalyptic in Gershom Scholem’s understanding of Jewish messianism and exemplifies these comments in a reading of the messianic in Emmanuel Levinas.  Kavka’s comments are a development of some criticisms of my paper on Levinas and messianism that Kavka originally presented at a conference, which provided the core papers of the published volume.  In my talk I will explain how the project about rethinking the messianic idea in Judaism came about and how its goals were originally conceived, and then I will discuss Kavka’s critique of my account of Levinas and messianism and use this as an opportunity to suggest a picture of how philosophical inquiry into the messianic idea in Judaism might proceed.  This picture will include exploring central features of the Jewish experience – ethics and politics, history and eternity, agency and quietism, confidence and uncertainty, and a host of others.

Michael Morgan is the Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Indiana University. For more information, please click here. 

In partnership with the Department of Philosophy

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Please be advised that seating is limited. 

Date & Time
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street