What is a Human Being? The Debate over "Inborn Nature" in Canonic Texts of Chinese and Jewish Cultures

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Meyerson Conference Center, Rm. 223, Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut St

Prof. Andrew Plaks, Professor Emeritus, East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Princeton University; and Department of Asian Studies, Hebrew University

Explores the range of speculation on what it means to be human — in the scriptural and commentarial writings of two major intellectual traditions. Though conventionally reduced to the question of whether man is predisposed to good or to evil from the “emergence” of the species, 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. For more information: E-Mail jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu or Call 215-898-6654.

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