Martin Kavka // Civility and the Limits of Reason in Jewish Thought




After Ferguson and Charleston, after the same-sex marriage ruling, after the Iran deal, it seems as if American public discourse is more heated than ever. As passionate calls for truth and justice compete with pleas for calm and stability, Martin Kavka looks to Jewish thought—from the Talmud to the Kotzker Rebbe to Hannah Arendt—for insight into the balance between reason and diplomacy in conflict resolution.



Martin Kavka is an award winning author and professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at Florida State University. An active public speaker and blogger, Kavka brings big ideas from both the Jewish and western traditions down to earth, asking how they articulate Jewish difference and commonality with the wider culture, and how they can be applied to current affairs.


Monday, October 26, 7:30 PM

Congregation Beth Am Israel
1301 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072

Free and open to the pubilc, no RSVP required

Click here to download a printable flyer [pdf].

Part of our year-long series of public programs, Jews Beyond Reason: Celebrating Emotion, the Unconscious, and Other Dimensions of Jews' Inner Lives. In partnership with local host institutions, our aim is to connect fellows and colleagues with non-academic audiences in a spirit of shared exploration and mutual engagement.

Event Location: 

Congregation Beth Am Israel, Penn Valley, PA

Event Date and Time: 
October 26, 2015 7:30pm