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Rationalism and Mysticism in Jewish Philosophy

Call for Papers

Theme: Rationalism and Mysticism in Jewish Philosophy
Subtitle: Sources and Contexts
Type: International Conference
Institution: Department of Jewish Culture, Saint-Petersburg State
  International Center for University Teaching of Jewish
Civilization, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Location: St. Petersburg (Russia)
Date: 29.–31.5.2018
Deadline: 10.4.2018

The Department of Jewish Culture of Saint-Petersburg State
University, in collaboration with the International Center for
University Teaching of Jewish Civilization at the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem, will host a three-day conference "Rationalism and
Mysticism in Jewish Philosophy: Sources and Contexts».

The aim of the conference is to examine the essential issue of Jewish
thought, meaningful throughout the entire history of Jewish
philosophy – the interaction between rationality and mysticism.

The topic of the conference provides an overview of the broadest
spectrum of Jewish philosophical teachings, both in chronological and
spatial terms. Jewish mysticism has been the focus of research in
Israel and Western Europe throughout the 20th century, which
qualifies the interaction between rationality and mysticism as highly
perspective research field. Furthermore, the attention to various
forms of interaction between rationality and mysticism is specific to
Russian philosophical tradition, which allows the observation of
similarities between the latter and the Jewish thought.

Conference sessions will be divided chronologically and thematically,
and will include discussions on mystical and rationalistic Jewish
thought in the ancient period (Biblical and Post-Biblical era), and
in later periods (medieval Jewish philosophy, Kabbalah, Hasidism,
modern and contemporary Jewish Philosophy,).

As 2018 marks 100 years since the death of Hermann Cohen, an
important part of the conference will be devoted to the consideration
of the interaction of rationalistic and mystical ideas developed in
the framework of Neo-Kantianism and the philosophy of dialogue.

The conference will address the following topics:
1. Jewish mysticism and other intellectual traditions
2. Jewish philosophical rationalism and other rationalist philosophies
3. Interaction between rationalistic and mystical trends in Judaism
  and other religious traditions
4. Jewish Thought in Russian culture, Russian philosophy and Jewish
  thought in dialogue
5. Hermann Cohen's philosophy, Russian and Jewish versions of

The Journal Judaica Petropolitana
( may publish participants'
papers extended to a standard article length.

Working languages: English, Hebrew, Russian

Please complete your paper proposal with the following information:
1. Full name
2. E-mail
3. Country
4. Telephone
5. Current institution and/or academic affiliation
6. Academic degree / year of study)
7. Title of the paper
8. Language of the paper
9. Technical equipment for your paper (in case you need it)
10. Abstract of the paper (up to 300 words)

The deadline for application is April 10, 2018.

For further information and paper proposals please write to Ilya
Dvorkin [idvorkin(at)], Igor Kaufman [igor_kaufman(at)].