The Department of Jewish Culture at the Saint-Petersburg State University will host the two-day conference “Jewish Thought in the Context of World Philosophy”. The aim of the conference is to examine the interactions between the Jewish thought and the world philosophy in the course of various historical periods. The interaction being a complex process includes the entire spectrum of relations: conflict, apologetics, and mutual interchange of ideas. The Jewish thought in its core was open to other intellectual traditions. The Jewish philosophy maintained the dialogue with the European philosophical tradition throughout its history. The Jewish thought made the definitive impact on the course of Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Philosophy. The dialogue between the Jewish thought and the European philosophy has acquired unparalleled significance in the Twentieth-Century Philosophy following the works of Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and Emmanuel Levinas.
The Russian translation of Rosenzweig’s “Der Stern Der Erlosung” (Gesharim, 2017) may be taken as a landmark for the conference. Rosenzweig’s life and philosophy display the core of interaction between the Jewish thought and the European philosophical, religious, and literary tradition.
The conference is organized by the Department of Jewish Culture at the Saint-Petersburg State University in cooperation with the International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization at the Hebrew University at Jerusalem.
The conference will address the following (but not exhaustive) thematic headings:
- Phenomena of the Jewish philosophy
- Dialogue between the Jewish thought and the European philosophy from Classical Antiquity till the Early modern period
- Jewish philosophy and European thought in twentieth century.
- Russian philosophy and Jewish Thought in Dialogue
The scope of the conference is not restricted to the listed topics and we welcome topic suggestions.
The Journal Judaica Petropolitana (judaica-petropolitana.philosophy.spbu.ru) may publish participants’ papers extended to a standard article length.
Working languages: English, Hebrew, Russian
The deadline for application is April 10, 2017
Timeline and place: St. Petersburg, May 23-25, 2017
Please complete your paper proposal with the following information:
- Full name
- Current institution and/or academic affiliation
- Academic degree / year of study)
- Title of the paper
- Language of the paper
- Technical equipment for your talk (in case you need it).
- Abstract of the paper (up to 300 words)