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Jewish Studies (J ST)

J ST 478 (RL ST 478) Ethics After the Holocaust (3) Explores the philosophical effects of the Holocaust for thinking about the primary question: Is ethics possible?

J ST (PHIL/RL ST) 478 Ethics After the Holocaust (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course is an examination of ethical theories before the Holocaust and how those theories have failed, philosophically and empirically. Course topics will include the history of ethical theory, the nature and problem of evil, goodness and suffering, witnessing and testimony, and the promise of an ethics. This course provides students with philosophical approaches to the issues that emerge out of the events of the Holocaust. The course will help students expand their knowledge of the events of the Holocaust through a philosophical approach that does not merely expose them to what happened, but asks them to think about the implications of what happened: most specifically, how do we understand ethical life, if it cannot stop or confront evil? This course provides students with the philosophical approaches to the issues that emerge out of the events of the Holocaust. It will encourage them to think critically, write effectively and express their thoughts logically. Student evaluation will be based on weekly reaction papers, group presentations, and a final seminar paper. This course covers material in the history of philosophy, contemporary philosophy, and writings pertaining to the Holocaust in various forms (historical, literary documentary, and so forth). It provides links to other major areas in the history of philosophy, postmodernism, ethics, philosophy of religion, and Jewish history. It will be offered every other year.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: one course in Jewish Studies or Philosophy

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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