Why study Hermeneutics?
Culture shapes and designs the world we live in and our place in it. People's identity, their lifestyles and practices are formed within the context of a certain culture. Individuals and societies examine themselves through constant interpretation of their actions, values, surroundings and functions. Interpretation of the world is done by everyone, not just anthropologist and social scientists, but by every human being who is a part of any society, constantly trying to decipher the different surroundings in which he exists. Man is a thinking creature, who does not settle for just doing. He must understand and explain his actions. The study of Hermeneutics renders the action of interpretation and its contextual cultural environment an independent subject of observation, description and research.
Why study at the Hermeneutics Program at Bar-Ilan?
Because of our unique mixture of Hermeneutics and Culture studies
The Program for Hermeneutics was established at Bar-Ilan University in 1999, as the only Program in Israel offering combined studies of Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies for advanced degrees. Bar-Ilan Hermeneutics Program is the largest multidisciplinary Program in Israel, both in number of students and number of offered courses. The Program was designed according to similar Programs established in Europe and the US, and includes scientists from various discipline, whose common intellectual interest incorporates various theoretical and practical research tools. The premise of this relatively novice academic discipline is that anything and everything in our world can be interpreted and investigated as a cultural event. The term "culture" is perceived here in a new context, and includes not only traditional cultural activities and facets (art, literature, music), but also the entire spectrum of organized human activities occurring in the context of language, social institutions and practices.
Because of our intriguing and challenging study tracks
The Hermeneutics Studies Program offers two unique study tracks:
The Hermeneutics and Culture track for an MA and/or a PhD degree. This track is designed for BA holders who graduated with honors, and who are interested in multidisciplinary studies.
The second track offered is The Hermeneutics and Psychoanalysis track. This track is designed for MA (with thesis) holders in the mental health professions. Students of this study track investigate the growing correlation between psychotherapy and other cultural domains such as linguistics, literature, hermeneutics and philosophy. Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy professionals and researchers are now able to examine their profession in a broader perspective, not only as a therapeutic profession but also as a body of knowledge ensconced in modern western thought and rooted in many different aspects of linguistics, interpretation, social theories, cultural criticisms, worldviews and literary texts.
Because of our versatile curriculum
The courses of the Hermeneutics Studies Program focus on the interpretational and cultural realms on all their aspects: theories of Hermeneutics, textual interpretation, analysis of social institutions and practices, etc. All of these fields interpret facts, texts, cultures and human behaviors, and link between humanities, social sciences, life sciences, Judaism, law and the arts. In addition to methodological training for multidisciplinary research, our faculty members also personally supervise each student during the research and writing processes.
For more information about the Hermeneutics Studies Program, refer to the Program's website.