Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Liberal Arts as a Petichta

Just an idea I have been thinking about...


Rebecca said...

Two questions:

Which Torah portion?

Which פסוק רחוק does it begin with?

We just discussed petichtaot in my Biblical Interpretation class - the first one in Genesis Rabbah. Still a very cool literary form.

Jared Calaway said...


My point is thinking about the intersections or interdependence of different forms of knowledge, which, I think, is part of the basis of the Liberal Arts.

So, we could start with one thing, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh, and try get to another, such as Darwin's Origin of Species, and consider the different pathways and intersections of knowledge that could ultimately lead from one to the other.

Thereby demonstrating that the variety of forms of inquiry in a Liberal Arts education are ultimately interrelated, even if often in tension with one another.