Summer Workshop 2020

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

August 3-6, 2020

We welcome abstracts on the theme, "Worship and the Human". 

Questions you might address 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?

Authors of selected abstracts will be expected to author a paper on the proposed topic by July 31, 2020 and present/discuss that paper at a four-day workshop, to be held August 3-6, 2020, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.   Authors of selected abstracts will receive a stipend of $4,000 and room and board for the duration of the workshop.   Nine stipends will be awarded to authors of submitted abstracts. The main selection criteria are:

(1) relevance to the summer’s theme,

(2) demonstrated ability to carry out a philosophical research project, and

(3) feasibility of execution within the project timeframe.

A relevant but not decisive criterion will be the extent to which it draws on or contributes to Jewish philosophy.

The workshop will be conducted under the direction of the following philosophers and scientists:

  • Andrew Chignell

  • Terence Cuneo

  • Shieva Kleinschmidt

  • Kevin Ladd

  • David Shatz

  • Saul Smilansky

  • Meghan Sullivan

  • Patty van Cappellen

  • Dean Zimmerman

Please send an abstract (approximately 500 words) and a CV, no later than March 1, 2020, to
Authors of submissions selected for funding will be notified by April 15, 2020.



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