« Back

Can one live after Auschwitz?

March 11-20
Dr. Yael Lin

Following Adorno’s question, “Can one live after Auschwitz?” we will discuss the effect the Shoah (Holocaust) had on the different realms of philosophy and life: ethics, religion, art etc. The Shoah exposed the vulnerability of traditional western ethics, provoked the reexamination of the question of theodicy and the requestioning of the political, and induced sayings such as “to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric”. The course inquires into the challenges the Shoah poses by focusing on excerpts from the works of Jewish thinkers such as Emmanuel Levinas, Hanna Arendt, Hans Jonas and Aharon Appelfeld.

Dr. Yael Lin teaches at both Ben-Gurion University and Achva Academic College, and is the pedagogical consultant for the Department of Learning Technologies at Ben-Gurion University. She studied philosophy at the Hebrew University (BA), at Tel Aviv University (1998-2001), and received her MA (2004) and PhD (2008) degrees from New School University, New York.  Her main research projects focus on phenomenological examinations of the question of time.  She probes the relation between time and human existence from the perspective of a wide range of philosophers such as Aristotle, Bergson, Heidegger and Levinas.  She is the author of The Intersubjectivity of Time: Levinas and Infinite Responsibility (Duquesne University Press, 2013), Time and Human Existence: Aristotle, Bergson, Heidegger, Levinas (Resling Publishing, forthcoming), and the editor of Levinas Faces Biblical Figures (Lexington Books, in press).


Every year Paideia offers a series of OPEN COURSES to the public. To participate please contact Paideia for more information: info@paideia-eu.org