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Ethics with Uli: Topics in Secular & Jewish Ethics

Sunday, May 5, 2024 27 Nisan 5784

12:15 PM - 1:15 PMLibrary (Zoom Option)
Past Sessions
Sunday, March 3, 2024 23 Adar I 5784 - 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Library (Zoom Option)
Sunday, February 11, 2024 2 Adar I 5784 - 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Library (Zoom Option)
Sunday, January 28, 2024 18 Sh'vat 5784 - 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Library (Zoom Option)
Sunday, December 17, 2023 5 Tevet 5784 - 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Library (Zoom Option)
Sunday, November 12, 2023 28 Cheshvan 5784 - 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Library (Zoom Option)
Sunday, October 15, 2023 30 Tishrei 5784 - 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Library (Zoom Option)
Sunday, September 10, 2023 24 Elul 5783 - 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Library (Zoom Option)

In 9 sessions (1-2 Sundays per month) Uli Widmaier will address core topics and questions in ethics including:
How do we tell right from wrong, good from evil, just from unjust? How to resolve ethical disagreements? What does Judaism have to say about ethics? What is God's role? How has Judaism influenced Christian and modern secular ethics? What does ethics have to say about politics?

Syllabus:
1. (9/10) The goals of ethics: be a good person, do the right thing, strive for a just society, repair the world
2. (10/15) Thought experiments: the Trolley Problem and related scenarios
3. (11/12) Utilitarianism: Peter Singer, animal rights, effective altruism
4. (12/17) Immanuel Kant and the Categorical Imperative: self-determination, liberty, the Rule of Law
5. (1/14) Jewish ethics: Torah, Prophets, Rabbis
6. (1/28) Jewish ethics: God, evil, idolatry
7. (2/25) Jewish ethics and its spinoffs: from Christian to modern secular ethics
8. (3/3) Political ethics
9. (5/5) Summary: the essence of ethics

About Uli:
Uli Widmaier received his BA and MA from Brown, and his JD from Yale Law School. He was an attorney in private practice (1994-2016) and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School (2002-2016). He has been a musician and music teacher from 2017 to today.  At his law firm (2007-2016), Uli was the ethics partner, responsible for educating and advising colleagues to ensure the firm followed best ethical practices. He has taught the CEC 9th-grade Jewish Ethics class since 2008, and he taught ethics to the CEC Leadership Development class in 2021 & 2023.

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