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.