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20TH CENTURY JEWISH PHILOSOPHY
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.
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.