Northwestern Universitykenneth-seeskin

Kenneth Seeskin is Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University.  He received his B.A. from Northwestern in 1968 and Ph.D. from Yale in 1972.  Since 1972 he has been a member of the Philosophy Department at Northwestern, where he has served as Chair for nearly 20 years.  He currently serves as Chair of the Religious Studies Department.  He won the Koret Jewish Book Award in 2001 and the Jewish National Book Award in 2011.  He has also won several awards for outstanding teaching at Northwestern.  His publications include: Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age (1990), Maimonides: A Guide for Today’s Perplexed (1991), No Other Gods: The Modern Struggle Against Idolatry (1995), Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides (2000), Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy (2001), Maimonides on the Origin of the World (2005), The Cambridge Companion to Maimonides (2005), The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Culture, and Religion (2010), co-edited with Judith Baskin, Jewish Messianic Thoughts in an Age of Despair (2012), and Thinking about the Torah: A Philosopher Reads the Bible (2016).

Lecture Topics: 

  • Is Judaism Really Monotheistic?
  • Did the Exodus from Egypt Really Succeed?
  • What the Bible Can/Cannot Teach us about God?
  • The Coming of the Messiah — Pandora’s Box or the Elixir of Life?
  • Why Religion Isn’t Just Applied Ethics