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Resultant Moral Luck and Jewish Tradition

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 3:40 pm – 5:20 pm

This colloquium talk is planned as an in-person event. Registration by email is only required for non-CEU members. Please check the COVID safety rules here to enter the building.


A celebrated pair of articles published in the 1970s both entitled “Moral Luck,” one authored by Bernard Williams and the other by Thomas Nagel, spawned a fascinating and important debate in contemporary moral philosophy which continues unabated. The subject of moral luck is, avant la lettre, clearly present in a significant number of traditional Jewish sources. The aim of this presentation is to begin to bring the two literatures into conversation with one another and in particular to analyze how some key traditional sources relate to one important type of moral luck.