Department of Philosophy and Ethics
The philosophy program at the Rabbinical College of America occupies a position second only to Talmud in the curriculum of the school. Designed primarily to help the student develop as a mature, responsible individual, the sequence of courses has resulted in far more: students develop patterns of logical and critical thinking as they draw upon the classic works of some of the greatest Jewish thinkers of the past. Moreover, there is an important historical perspective that emerges as students move from the distant past through the medieval philosophers.
With the beginning of study of the Chabad system, one of the major schools of Jewish Philosophy, students begin to appreciate the manner in which broad philosophical principles are applied to modern world problems. The Maamorim and Sichos courses provide the students with an appreciation of the manner in which philosophical concepts emanate from the Torah and from the Talmud, and examine the interaction between Philosophy and Law.