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The Problem with Knowledge: Perspectives from Classical and Biblical Traditions – Michael Legaspi (Society for the Study of Religion)

When Oct 20, 2015
from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM
Where 102 Weaver Building
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Society for the Study of Religion
Michael Legaspi
Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Jewish Studies

The Problem with Knowledge: Perspectives from Classical and Biblical Traditions
Modern attitudes toward knowledge have been shaped in crucial ways by the
Scientic Revolution and the Enlightenment. We tend to view knowledge as
indispensable, the pursuit of knowledge as something natural and noble. Yet
many foundational texts in Western culture present knowledge as a
dangerous and problematic attainment. They prompt us to consider its limits
and ambiguities and to ask whether certain forms of knowledge may actually
be obstacles to human ourishing, hindrances in the pursuit of another
ancient ideal: wisdom.

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