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Dialectics, as considered by Plato, is the method of philosophy itself. Modern philosophy uses dialectics to describe different methods for discovering truth or explaining the development of spirit and matter. Generally, dialectical relation refers to the development of ideas and theories that conflict with each other. Jewish thinkers use dialectical reasoning to emphasize various intellectual and pluralistic aspects of Judaism (pilpul). For example, Abraham Heschel writes: ”Jewish thinking and living can only be adequately understood in terms of a dialectic pattern, containing opposite or contrasted properties.” Similarly, Franz Rosenzweig demonstrates dialectical thinking in his discussions on prayer, but he also criticizes Hegelian dialectics for its absolutism. In this seminar, we will examine the relationship between dialectics and dialogue. In line with Martin Buber's philosophy, we will discuss questions such as: Could dialogical relationships substitute for dialectics as a method of discovering the truth?
This seminar has moved to Mondays at 12:00, Zoom:
Meeting ID: 993 214 6138
Referat: one in-class presentation and submission of its manuscript (printed), active participation in class discussion.
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