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What is a Human Being? The Debate over “Inborn Nature” in Canonic Texts of Chinese and Jewish Cultures

March 30, 2016 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Free

Prof. Andrew Plaks, of Princeton University and the Hebrew University, will lead a workshop in which Confucian and Rabbinic texts will be read.

Prof. Plaks will explore the range of speculation on what it means to be human — in the scriptural and commentarial writings of two major intellectual traditions. The question of whether man is predisposed to good or to evil is generally undesrtood to pertain to the nature of the species, from the time of its emergence. Yet a careful reading of the texts — Confucian and Rabbinic — reveals a far more nuanced, and ultimately, problematic conception of human nature.

Sponsored by Penn’s Jewish Studies Program, and the Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. A photo ID is required to enter the library.

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Details

Date:
March 30, 2016
Time:
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jwst/

Organizer

Jewish Studies Program
Phone:
215-898-6654
Email:
jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu
Website:
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jwst/

Venue

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