Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Patterson, David
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6325 Section 001
M Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Post-Holocaust Thought

Description of Course:

In this course the term Holocaust is taken to mean the systematic extermination of the Jews undertaken by Nazi Germany and its allies. The course examines a variety of primary and secondary texts to explore the impact of the Holocaust on theological, philosophical, and postmodern thought in the aftermath of Auschwitz. Of particular interest is the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish identity, Christian theology, and philosophy’s ability—or inability—to respond to the event. Topics to be explored include the ramifications of the Holocaust for an understanding of the meaning of humanity, the nature of good and evil, the foundations of civilization, and the future of thought.

Required Texts:

Richard L. Rubenstein, After Auschwitz: History, Theology, and Contemporary Judaism
Emil L. Fackenhein, To Mend the World: Foundations of Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought
Emmanuel Levinas, Ethics and Infinity
Franklin Littell, The Crucifixion of the Jews
Harry James Cargas, Reflections of a Post-Auschwitz Christian
Alan L. Berger, Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Drawing Honey from the Rock
Berel Lang, Post-Holocaust: Interpretation, Misinterpretation, and the Claims of History
Giorgio Agamben, Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness of the Archive

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) an analytical term paper of at least 5000 words, (2) a brief in-class presentation, and (3) class participation. The paper will account for 80% of the grade, the presentation 10%, and class participation 10%.

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