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Spring Shapiro Lecture with Dr. Sam Lebens

March 13, 2023 @ 7:00 PM CT - March 13, 2023 @ 8:00 PM CT


Samuel Lebens is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Haifa. He works in a wide range of philosophical areas including, metaphysics, epistemology, the history of early analytic philosophy, the philosophy of literature and fiction, and the philosophy of Judaism, and religion more broadly. Recent books include The Principles of Judaism (Oxford University Press), and Philosophy of Religion: The Basics (Routledge).

On the Identity of Communities Over Time

In the Hebrew Bible, Moses declares that he is establishing a covenant “with those who are standing here with us this day before the Lord our God, and with those who are not with us here this day” (Deut 29:13-14). This claim generates significant theological problems. What does it mean for a community to persist in the face of substantial change to the community’s beliefs, rituals, and practices? How can people be bound to a community before they have been born? And what does it mean for two ancient religions, meeting in the context of interfaith dialogue, to carry the history of their traditions with them into that encounter? This lecture will seek to respond to these questions by articulating a theory of communal identity over time.


This event is in-person and online.

A reception for in-peron guests begins at 6:30 CT.


James & Catherine Denny Center at Catholic Theological Union

5416 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60615 



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