Previous Public Programs & Cultural Events

FALL 2015

Judaism and the New Reason: Reconciling Jewish Learning and the Science of Knowing

Randi RashkoverRandi Rashkover, George Mason University
Thursday, September 10, 2015 | noon | Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 3323

Understanding Judaism in a Pluralistic World: Who is My Neighbor and Who is the Stranger
Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 7 p.m. | Temple Emanuel, Tempe

For centuries, Jewish philosophers have sought to negotiate between a science of knowing and the study of Jewish texts. Still, it can be argued that the much 20th and 21st century Jewish thought has reveled in a rejection of the effort to reconcile Jewish and non-Jewish learning, influenced as it has been by post-war doubts about the value of human reason. A new engagement between Judaism, Jewish text study and recent trends in philosophy is called for. Such an engagement begins where the work of Hermann Cohen left off by providing a renewed account of transcendental logic and reflection in the context however of a post-Kantian analysis of language, cognition and the negotiation between theoretical and practical knowing.