Jewish philosopher Kenneth Seeskin asks ‘Can God be Known?’ in Cherrick Lecture, April 1

Kenneth R. Seeskin, the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University, will discuss “Can God be Known? A Maimonidean Perplexity” in a lecture 7:30 p.m. April 1 in Room 300, Arts & Sciences Laboratory Science Building at Washington University in St. Louis.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is supported by The Adam Cherrick Fund in Jewish Studies and sponsored by the Arts & Sciences programs in Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Studies and in Religious Studies. A public reception will follow Seeskin’s presentation.

Seeskin specializes in Jewish philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy and philosophy of religion. His work uses classic texts in the history of philosophy to shed light on problems of perennial interest. His latest book is “Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy” (Cambridge UP, 2001). Previous books include “Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides” (Oxford University Press), “Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age” (SUNY Press) and “Maimonides: A Guide for Today’s Perplexed” (Behrman House). He has won several teaching awards at Northwestern and serves as the editor of the SUNY Press series in Jewish philosophy. Currently, he is editing the Cambridge Companion to Maimonides.

Seeskin’s lecture, the ninth in a series of annual Cherrick lectures, is being offered in memory of Steven Schwarzschild, a professor of philosophy and Jewish studies for twenty-four years at Washington University.

The Laboratory Science Building is located along Throop Drive between the Ann W. Olin Women’s Building and McMillan Hall. Parking is available in Millbrook Garage. For further information, please contact Iris Wright by phone at 314-935-8567 or via email at; or visit the program’s web site at