Martin Kavka, "Emil Fackenheim's Argument for the 614th Commandment"

Roz and Ralph Halbert Fund in Jewish Studies

Martin Kavka (Florida State University)

"Emil Fackenheim's Argument for the 614th Commandment"

Emil Fackenheim's notion, first developed in the 1960s, of a "614th commandment" to Jews to affirm their religious or secular Jewish identities, and not to give Hitler posthumous victories, is perhaps the most widely known claim in all of twentieth-century Jewish philosophy. The steps of Fackenheim's argument for the existence of this commandment are still debated by scholars, and this talk analyzes the implications of one step in particular, namely Fackenheim's claim that the culture of Jewish flourishing in the 1950s and 1960s was prima facie evidence that the 614th commandment was in force.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating.

Date & Time
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

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