Pragmatism & Jewish Thought Workshop (Yale)


Pragmatism and Jewish Thought

Workshop at Yale University

April 7-8, 2019

Organized by Nadav Berman S. and Paul Franks

Sponsored by the Judaic Studies Program, Yale University

Sunday, April 7

10:30 Gathering, light refreshments

11:00 | Introduction – Paul Franks (Yale)

11:30 | Keynote – Yonatan Y. Brafman (JTS) “Contingency and Critique: The Consequences of Neopragmatism for Modern Jewish Thought” | Chair: Kenneth Winkler (Yale)

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 | Bar Guzi (Brandeis), “Pragmatism, Naturalism, and Mysticism: Reflections on the Theology of Mordecai Kaplan” | Chair: Nancy Levene (Yale)

15:15 – Short break

15:30 | Nechama Juni (Brown), “Pragmatism and Halakhic Change: A Case Study of ‘Watched’ Milk” | Chair: Eliyahu Stern (Yale)

16:45 – Short break

17:00 | Elliot Ratzman (Lawrence), “Re-Reading Jewish Thought with the Pragmatist Hegel: The Case of Moses Hess” | Chair: Mordechai Levy-Eichel (Yale)

18:15 – Light Dinner for Participants

Monday, April 8

8:45 Gathering, light refreshments

9:00 | Keynote – Hannah E. Hashkes (Lindenbaum), “The Halakhic Decisor and Truth in a Community of Inquiry: Halakhic Authority as a Test Case” | Chair: Steven Fraade (Yale)

10:30 – Short break

10:45 | Randy L. Friedman (Binghamton), “Gods of Becoming” | Chair: John Pittard (Yale)

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 | Irit Offer Stark (NYU), “Fallibilism and the Principle of Pragmatism in Jewish Tradition: The Case of the Tension between Science and Halakhah” | Chair: Joseph David (Sapir)

14:15 – Short break

14:30 | Nadav Berman Shifman (Yale), “Anti-Gnosticism: Hans Jonas as a Jewish Pragmatist” | Chair: Paul Franks (Yale)

15:45 – Short break

16:00 | Ari Ackerman (Schechter), “Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Critique of Mordecai Kaplan and Deweyan Pragmatism” | Chair: Warren Zev Harvey (Hebrew University)

17:15 – Short concluding remarks

Light refreshments

Workshop location: 451 College Street, New Haven, CT, Room BO3

Registration for the workshop is free of charge but mandatory.

Please RSVP by April 4th

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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1 Response to Pragmatism & Jewish Thought Workshop (Yale)

  1. dmf says:

    apparently they won’t be recording this, such a waste that so much academic work isn’t shared on the intertubes when recording tech is so cheap and easy and universities are well supplied with it.

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