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Sunday, May 17 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Workshop 3: Jewish Critical Thinking, Originality and Communication

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This lecture will explore the characteristics of Jewish critical thinking and the making of original ideas. It will provide examples of Fichte's (a.k.a. Hegel's) thesis-antithesis-synthesis dialectic, which can explain the development of, for example, music or linguistic theories (e.g. analysing the emergence of Israeli, a.k.a. Revived Hebrew). The lecture will champion an 'on the one hand' – 'on the other hand' (Jewish) way of thinking, as opposed to a Black & White (B&W), Right & Wrong mindset. It will demonstrate how a dichotomous B&W approach results in cross-cultural miscommunication. Examples will be given of how foreigners misunderstand British English by failing to recognize Double Language, in which the actual and literal meanings of the statement diverge. The lecture will also characterize briefly what constitutes a good academic thesis and a good foreign language learner.

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Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Professor of Linguistics & Endangered Languages, The University of Adelaide
Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann (D.Phil. Oxford) is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide. He is President of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies (AAJS), chief Investigator on a large research project assessing language revival and mental... Read More →

Sunday May 17, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm GMT+08
Conference Room 3 Block C, Level 3

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