Dr. Levi Spectre
15 teaching hours, equivalent to 2 ECTS

PhD Born in Ashkelon, Israel, where he trained in advanced school avoidance, perfecting this skill at the Experimental high-school in Jerusalem. Owned and managed a company in agricultural harvesting, studied at the Hebrew University and received a PhD in Philosophy from Stockholm University. Taught philosophy and Jewish thought at high-school, Hebrew University, Stockholm University, and presently on the faculty of the Open University of Israel as senior lecturer. Author of articles on rational belief and knowledge and related epistemological subjects. Presently researching “Knowledge Resistance” together with an international team of researchers from several fields lead by philosophers from Stockholm University. Readily available for advice on wheat, evidence, and surviving four children.

The idea that religion is incompatible with a rational-scientific outlook is not new. It troubled Jewish philosophers of the middle ages. Some religious thinkers, like many non religious thinkers today, thought that the religion and rational-science are incompatible. The religious went on to defend religion. Others, of whom Maimonides is a cerntral figure in Jewish thought and who will be a major focus in our collaborative investigation, developed a more sophisticated subtle view which was aimed at reconciling the two. 

Two texts concern us in our investigation: Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi’s Kuzari and Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed. Together with an effort to understand the relation of religion and science, we will also concern ourselves with specific issues relating to the interpretation of the bible, the problem of evil, and other tensions between morality, rationality and religion.