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What Is Talmud?: The Art of Disagreement

Sergey Dolgopolski

Abstract

True disagreements are hard to achieve, and even harder to maintain, for the ghost of final agreement constantly haunts them. The Babylonian Talmud, however, escapes from that ghost of agreement, and provokes unsettling questions: Are there any conditions under which disagreement might constitute a genuine relationship between minds? Are disagreements always only temporary steps toward final agreement? Must a community of disagreement always imply agreement, as in an agreement to disagree? This book rethinks the task of philological, literary, historical, and cultural analysis of the Talmud. I ... More

Keywords: Babylonian Talmud, disagreement, human beings, Other, post-Heideggerian traditions, thought, textual hermeneutics, Talmudic intellectual art, finite human existence, co-existence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823229345
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823229345.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sergey Dolgopolski, author
Department of Comparative Literature, University at Buffalo SUNY

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