Judaism, Science, and Moral Responsibility is the fourteenth conference volume in the Orthodox Forum Series. Current scientific and moral trends stress the need for greater sensitivity to human dignity, but at the same time challenge the very structure and sanctity of traditional Jewish norms. The contributors in this work explore the issues of Judaism, science, and Jewish moral principles in a manner that should be of interest to the layman and scholar alike. The Forum Series provides a valuable and relevant resource, bringing the insights of Jewish thinkers to the fore in a rapidly changing society.
Yitzhak Berger is Assistant Professor of Bible at Hunter College of the City University of New York. David Shatz, is Professor of Philosophy at Yeshiva University, Adjunct Professor of Religion at Columbia, and editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, a journal devoted to the interaction between Judaism and general culture. He has published ten books and approximately fifty articles and reviews, dealing with both general and Jewish philosophy. His most recent books are Philosophy and Faith, Questions About God and Peer Review: A Critical Inquiry. He also is editor of the MeOtzar HoRav series, which is devoted to publishing manuscripts by the Jewish philosopher Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.
Chapter 1 A Scientific Perspective on Human Choice Chapter 2 Genetics and Morality Chapter 3 Is Matter All that Matters?: Judaism, Freedom, and the Genetic and Neuroscientific Revolutions Chapter 4 Use It or Lose It: On the Moral Imagination of Free Will Chapter 5 Choice-Diminished Behavior and Religious-Communal Policy Chapter 6 If an Abuser Cannot Control His Impulses What is the Responsibility of Other Adults in the Community?: A Response to Basil Herring Chapter 7 Psychotherapy and Teshuvah: Parallel and Overlapping Systems for Change Chapter 8 To Whom, To Where and to When Does One "Return" in Teshuvah?