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Modern Jewish Philosophy

Modern Jewish Philosophy

30 teaching hours, equivalent to 5 ECTS

Jan 15 – Jan 26 

Dr. Yael Lin

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 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, 2014).


Course Description

The notable events of the 20th century, among them the Holocaust, the growth of Zionism as a cultural and political movement, the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the development of philosophical streams such as existentialism have influenced and shaped the thoughts of prominent 20th century Jewish philosophers. We will examine existential themes such as temporality, death and the relation with the other person; consider the affect of the Holocaust on the problem of theodicy; revisit the notion of the banality of evil; explore the relation between Judaism and ethical responsibility; and conclude by examining the relation between ethical responsibility, Judaism and the State of Israel.

To participate in the course, please contact Paideia at info@paideia-eu.org.