Lecture The Binding of Isaac: Prophecy, Enlightenment, Disobedience

Blinding of Isaac Jeong-A Seong

Wed, 05/10/2023

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Goethe-Institut New York

Philosopher Omri Boehm re-opens the philosophical debate between Kant & Kierkegaard

Did an angel prevent Abraham from killing his son? In Genesis, 22:2 obedience to God takes precedence over morality as humanly conceived. Or is the angel a later addition to the text and Abraham actually disobeys the divine command? Philosopher Omri Boehm re-examines religious interpretations of the text and re-opens the philosophical debate between Kant and Kierkegaard, contending that the monotheistic model of faith presented by Abraham was actually a model of disobedience.
Udi Aloni (b. 1959) is a filmmaker, writer, visual artist and political activist whose works focus on the interrelationships between art, theory, and action. His book, What Does a Jew Want?, published by Columbia University Press, and his last film, Why is we Americans (2020), explored the legacy of African American poet Amiri Baraka. Aloni lives in Berlin, New York and Tel Aviv. 

Omri Boehm (b. 1979) is a philosopher and associate professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research. He is known for his interpretation of the Binding of Isaac (Genesis 22) and his work on Spinoza and Kant. His latest book, Radical Universalism, was published in Germany in 2022. Boehm's writings have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Haaretz and Die Zeit, among others.