Spring 2016 - Graduate Course Description
Patterson, David
Discipline and Number
HUHI 7314 Section 001
R Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
German Jewish Thought

Description of Course:

THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY. This course consists of a survey of the writings of some of the most prominent German Jewish thinkers of the modern period. Thinkers whose work will be examined include Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Leo Baeck, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Emil Fackenheim, and others. Of particular interest are the following questions: What exactly defines Jewish thought as Jewish? What is the German philosophical context for the emergence of these thinkers and their writings? And what are the tensions between the modern speculative philosophical tradition and the Jewish philosophical tradition in Germany?

Required Texts:

Michael Mack, German Idealism and the Jew: The Inner Anti-Semitism of Philosophy and the
German Jewish Response. University of Chicago Press, 2003. ISBN 0226500969
Moses Mendelssohn, Jerusalem. Brandeis University Press, 1983. ISBN 0874512646.
Hermann Cohen, Reason and Hope. Hebrew Union College, 1997. ISBN 0878202110.
Leo Baeck, Essence of Judaism. Schocken, 1987. ISBN 0805200061.
Martin Buber, I and Thou. Touchstone, 1971. ISBN 0684717255.
Franz Rosenzweig, Understanding the Sick and the Healthy. Harvard University Press, 1999.
ISBN 0674921194.
Alan Udoff, Rosenzweig’s the New Thinking. Syracuse University Press, 1999. ISBN
Abraham Joshua Heschel, Between God and Man. Free Press, 1997. ISBN 068483331X.
David Patterson, Emil L. Fackenheim. Syracuse University Press, 2008. ISBN 0815631839.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) a paper proposal of 5 to 7 pages, (2) an analytical paper of at least 6000 words, and (3) class participation. The proposal will account for 15%, the paper for 75%, and class participation for 10% of the grade for the course.

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