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20TH CENTURY JEWISH PHILOSOPHY (ONLINE)
In this course, we will look at a small selection of texts from two of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century: Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin. Both had strong familial and intellectual Jewish connections, and both produced a fascinating intellectual body that spanned many different areas of culture, society, and politics. Adorno was one of the most influential social and political thinkers in post-1945 Europe, while Benjamin gained renown after his tragic death in 1940, especially in cultural and memory studies.
During the course, we will explore some of the topics they engaged with, such as history, memory, music and art, nationalism, and the Holocaust. Participants will be encouraged to discuss both thinkers in one or two short texts and through group discussions in class.
The course is given in English, in collaboration with Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.
To apply for this course, you need basic computer skills and knowledge of how to use the digital platform Zoom. The school offers Zoom manuals and a training opportunity before the start of the course.
Course material is included in the cost for this course.
About the teacher
Lior Becker, PhD, is a modern historian, teacher, and interdisciplinary scholar. His areas of expertise are Holocaust history, historiography and memory, 19th and 20th-century intellectual history, genocide studies, and Eastern-European Jewish history and culture. He has long experience teaching teens and adults in both Sweden and Israel.
Photo: Walter Benjamin (Wikipedia), Theodor Adorno (Peter Hillebrecht/Shutterstock).