Fall 2017 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course examines a variety of primary and secondary texts that cut across several disciplines to examine the millennial phenomenon of anti-Semitism. Exploring the history, causes, and essence of Jew hatred, the course delves into its philosophical, theological, ideological, political, and social aspects. The ultimate aim of the course is to arrive at a deeper understanding of the essence of Jew hatred as it appears among very diverse peoples and cultures ranging from ancient Greeks to modern intellectuals, from Saint Augustine to Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, from Karl Marx to Adolf Hitler. The fundamental question to be examined in this course is: What is the anti-Semite anti? Or: Why the Jews?
Michael, Robert. Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust
Carmichael, Joel. The Satanizing of the Jews: Origin and Development of Mystical Anti-
Semitism (available on Amazon and elsewhere)
Patterson, David. Anti-Semitism and Its Metaphysical Origins (handout, unless the paperback is
Mack, Michael. German Idealism and the Jew: The Inner Anti-Semitism of Philosophy and the
German Jewish Response
Patterson, David. A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad
Cravatts, Richard. Dispatches from the Campus War against Israel and the Jews
Miller, Arthur. Focus
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) an analytical term paper of at least 6000 words, (2) a paper proposal of five to six pages, and (3) class participation. The paper will account for 75% of the grade, the proposal 15%, and class participation 10%.