The Talmud on What it Means to be Human
Cross-listed as JWST289 / REL289
The Talmud, a central text in Judaism, is one of the richest and most sophisticated works of literature and thought ever produced. In this course, students will be introduced to the challenges and thrills of reading the Talmud as they consider how the Talmud asks and answers the question of what it means to be human. We will be particularly interested in exploring how the Talmud envisions human difference and similarity in terms of humans’ relationships with animals and material things. In addition to learning how to read the Talmud, therefore, students will also be introduced to burgeoning interdisciplinary theories and methods (Posthumanism and New Materialism) for considering what it means to be human in a world of animals and things.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly papers, final paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Enrollment Preference: Religion majors, Jewish Studies students
Distributions: Division II;