Weekly Wimp

The Herzl Institute conducts a weekly Works in Progress Seminar (“the Wimp”) where scholars and advanced students from Israel and abroad gather to exchange ideas in a vibrant and challenging environment. Each week, a different scholar presents his or her thoughts on a subject they are exploring in their research. In February 2014, the Wimp seminar organized and chaired by Institute President Yoram Hazony will celebrate 20 continuous years of operations.

Wimp Speakers, Spring 2014

Steven Smith, “In Defense of Patriotism”
June 17, 2014

Josh Weinstein, “Aristotle on Death: Neo-Aristotelianism and Biology.”
June 10, 2014

Aryeh Tepper, “Not the People of the Book: Text, Life, and the Return to Biblical Religion”
May 27, 2014

Shira Weiss, “Can Love Be Reasonless? A Philosophic Analysis of Divine Love”
May 13, 2014

Meirav Jones, “Jewish Sovereignty, in Theory”
April 29, 2014

Meirav Jones, “Jewish Sovereignty, in Theory”
April 8, 2014

Jerry Unterman, “The Primacy of Morality over Ritual: A Prophetic Innovation”
April 1, 2014

Philip Marcus, “On Gratitude”
March 25, 2014

Anthony Bolos, “Science as a Hermeneutic for Divine Revelation”
March 18, 2014

Aryeh Tepper, “The Problematic Power of Music: A Biblical View, Part II”
March 11, 2014

Melis Erdur, “Is the Hebrew Bible Moral Realist or Antirealist?”
March 4, 2014

Ed Greenstein, “Truth in God-Talk: The Case of Job”
February 25, 2014

Ofir Haivry, “Look On My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair! – The End of the Arab World, As We Know It?”
February 18, 2014

Josh Weinstein, “Phenomenology and the Bible: The Problem of Unity”
February 11, 2014

Yoram Hazony, “What Role Does God’s Spirit Play in Biblical Metaphysics?”
February 4, 2014

Wimp Speakers, Fall 2013-2014

Jeremiah Unterman, “The Revelation at Sinai: Ethical Implications of the God-Israel Relationship”
December 10, 2013

Michael Kochin, “Revolutionary Diplomacy in the Age of Federalism”
November 26, 2013

Aryeh Tepper, “The Problematic Power of Music: The Biblical view”
November 19, 2013

Ed Greenstein, “The DecalogueWhat is it?”
November 12, 2013

Melis Erdur, “Taking Time Seriously: Truth and Belief in the Hebrew Bible”
November 5, 2013

Yechiel Leiter, “The Politics of Famine in Sefer Berieshit”
October 22, 2013

Tyron Goldschmidt, “A Puzzle About What We Must Believe”
October 15, 2013

Anthony Bolos, “Is Knowledge of God a Cognitive Achievement?”
October 8, 2013

Yoram Hazony, “What Does ‘Torah Mishamayim’ Mean?”
October 1, 2013

Ofir Haivry, “‘The Common Engagement of the State’: Burke, Grotius and the Nature of Constitutions”
September 17, 2013

R. Joseph Isaac Lifshitz, “Human Creativity and the Perception of God”
September 10, 2013

Yoram Hazony, “Do We Really Need Jewish Theology?”
September 3, 2013

Wimp Speakers, Spring 2013

Jeremiah Unterman, “The Poor, the Widow, and the Orphan in Ancient Near Eastern Literature and the Jewish Bible: A Study in Comparative Ethics.”
June 11, 2013

Yoram Hazony, “Newton vs. Peirce on Induction in Natural Science (With Some Consequences for Theology)”
June 4, 2013

Dru Johnson, “Rite to Know: Israelite Rituals, Epistemic Bodies, and Scientific Cyborgs”
May 28, 2013

Hannah Hashkes, “Torah Study Above them All: Torah Study as a Logical Space for Rabbinic Judaism”
May 21, 2013

Philip Marcus, “What has Gone Wrong With Rights”
May 7, 2013

Sam Lebens, “A Philosophical Commentary on a Random Midrash”
April 30, 2013

Ofir Haivry, “”One Sword” to Rule All: John Selden’s Theory of Church and State”
April 23, 2013

Shmuel Trigano, “Philosophy of the Hebrew Language”
March 5, 2013

Yoram Hazony, “Metaphysical Dualism, Explanatory Reduction in the Sciences, and Metaphor: A Reply to Rav Lifshitz”
February 26, 2013

Dru Johnson, “Ritual’s Role in the Epistemology of Israel”
February 19, 2013

Miryam Brand, “Prophets on Prophecy: A Contextual View of Prophetic Experience, Purpose, and Truth”
February 12, 2013

R. Joseph isaac Lifshitz, “The Theology of Music in R. Elazar from Worms”
February 5, 2013

Wimp Speakers, Fall 2012-2013

Eyal Chowers, “Land and State in Zionism”
January 15, 2013

Josh Weinstein, “On The Two-Marshmallow Kid: Platonic v. Humean Theory of Action”
Jauary 1, 2013

Yoram Hazony, “Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture: Some Preliminary Thoughts on Future Directions”
December 25, 2012

Peter Wyetzner, “Christian Hebraism in Practice: Selden, Cunaeus and Sigonio”
December 11, 2012

Naomi Weiss, “Hooker, Hebraism, and the Haftorah”
December 4, 2012

Meirav Jones, “The Kingdom of God Properly So Named: Hobbes’ Leviathan vs. The Puritan Imagination”
November 27, 2012

Ofir Haivry, “Medieval Political Hebraism? The Political Thought of Fortescue”
November 20, 2012

Yechiel Leiter, “Was Locke’s Political Hebraism Miltonian?”
November 13, 2012

Yoram Hazony, “Is God Perfect?”
November 6, 2012

Jacob Wright, “War Commemoration and Israel’s Ethnogenesis”
October 31, 2012