Conference: Images of Perfection (Jerusalem)

Perfection

Religion, aesthesis, and philosophy. I’m very excited to be part of this interdisciplinary conference, January 5-7 at the Hebrew University. Much of the brains behind it were Shai Secunda’s, whose work on Talmud is spinning out into aesthetic culture.

Sessions

(Monday, January 5)

I Perfection and Imperfection

Justin McDaniel (University of Pennsylvania): Creating Utopian Spaces in Modern Buddhist Asia

Jonathan Garb (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): The Imperfect History of Perfection in Jewish Mysticism and Buddhism

(Tuesday, January 6)

II Divine Perfection

Zachary Braiterman, (Syracuse University): Anthropomorphism and the Architectural Imagination: The Perfect Image of God Inside the Holy of Holies with Simon the Righteous and Jean Baudrillard

Moshe Halbertal (Hebrew University): TBA

Jonathan Stavsky (Scholion): St. Augustine on Divine Perfection and the Uniqueness of Scripture

III Constructing Perfection

Don Handelman (Hebrew University): Cosmos Organic and Cosmos Machined: Paiditali’s Kingdom and The Book of Lord Shang

Mira Balberg (Northwestern): The Perfection of Action: On the Rabbinic Vision of Animal Sacrifice

IV The Price of Perfection

Yonatan Moss (Buber): Attaining Perfection: A Late Ancient Greek Ascetic Journey

Haim Weiss (Ben Gurion University): The Father’s Gaze: Reading a Series of Talmudic Stories on Childrearing and Frustrated Expectations

Shai Secunda (Buber): “The Path of Work and Deeds”: Failed Ritual and the Invention of Zoroastrian Praxis

(Wednesday, January 7)

V Achieving Perfection

Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony (Hebrew University): “A Person of Silence”: Perfection in Late Antique Syriac Ascetic Culture

Rupert Gethin (University of Bristol): Reality Beyond Conditions: Knowledge and Purification in Indian Buddhist Thought

Sharon Weisser (Tel Aviv University) Ratio perfecta: ratio possibilis? The Attack and Defense of the Stoic Wise Man

 

VI Perfection in Life and Death

Michael Ebstein (Buber): Divine Men, Animal Men: Modalities of Human Perfection in Islamic Mysticism

Domenico Agostini (Van Leer Institute): The Perfect Birth and Seed of the (Im)perfect Zarathustra

Eviatar Shulman (Scholion): Understanding the Buddha’s Death

VII

The Idea of Perfection

Jessica Frazier (The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies/ The University of Kent): The Eyes of the World: Approaches to Human Perfection in Hindu Thought

Karin Nisenbaum (Scholion): Schelling’s Perfectionism and Rosenzweig’s Judaism

José María Sánchez de León Serrano (Buber): Spinoza on Perfection and Infinity

 

 

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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