REL 385 Spring 2013 Ethics after the Shoah (W)

Cross Listed as JWST385
The Destruction of European Jewry during World War II has had an enduring impact on philosophical and literary work in Europe and elsewhere. Can any meaning be gleaned from it? How can it be represented? In so far as it changed our conception of what it is to be human, does it also change how we participate in the humanities? In this class we will consider these questions, by focusing on the surge of ethical inquiry that followed from the disaster. We will treat post-World War II works by authors who consider the impact of the Shoah on notions of the other, election, representation, forgiveness, and universalism, with particular attention given to the French context. Emmanuel Levinas will be a central figure along with Primo Levi, Emil Fackenheim, Hannah Arendt, Georgio Agamben, Maurice Blanchot and Jacques Derrida.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: regular response papers and a 10- to 15-page final essay
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Religion majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3695
REL385-01(S) SEM Ethics after the Shoah (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Sarah E. Hammerschlag
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Weston 031 3695
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