On the Fragility of the Human. Améry on Counter-Enlightenment
The presentation will focus on Améry’s critique on “post-humanism” as it is articulated by Michel Foucault and others.
Moshe Halbertal currently is professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at Hebrew University. He received his PhD from Hebrew University in 1989, and from 1988 to 1992 he was a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Halbertal served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Yale Law School. He is the author of many books: Idolatry (with Avishai Margalit, 1992), People of the Book. Canon, Meaning, and Authority (1997), Concealment and Revelation. Esotericism in Jewish Tradition and Its Philosophical Implications (2007), On Sacrifice (2012), Maimonides. Life and Thought (2013), The Beginning of Politics. Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel (with Stephen Holmes, 2017), and several books published in Hebrew: Interpretative Revolutions in the Making (1997), By Way of Truth. Nahmanides and the Creation of Tradition (2000). His latest books are Nahmanides. Law and Mysticism (with Daniel Tabak, 2020), and The Birth of Doubt. Confronting Uncertainty in Early Rabbinic Literature (2020). Halbertal was the recipient of the Michael Bruno Memorial Award of the Rothschild Foundation and the Goldstein-Goren Book Award for the best book in Jewish thought in the years 1997 to 2000. In 2010, Halbertal was named a member of Israel’s Academy for the Sciences and the Humanities.