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Foundations of Jewish Ethics (PHI 300)
Varies – self study.
May 2022 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate in-depth understanding of Jewish ethics as presented in the Mishna of Pirkei Avos and its commentaries; demonstrate a grasp of how ethical behavior is derived from the words of the sages. analyze the axioms of the sages; explain underlying premises which build the foundation of the Jewish ethical system; identify the sources of upon which the sages base their axioms; assess practical situations and apply the appropriate ethical axioms of the sages.
This course explores the major theories of Jewish ethical behavior, their sources, underlying premises, and how those theories are applied to Jewish law and practice. Specific topics include free will and determinism, the meaning of “good” and “evil”, morality and justice, guarding the commandments, giving rebuke, moral sentiments and obligations towards G-d and others, individual responsibility, acts of kindness and charity, repentance and others.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, or Philosophy (3/22).