The Holocaust and Ethical Reasoning (HGS 563)

This course will provide students with an introduction to ethical reasoning within the framework of Holocaust studies. We will begin with an orientation to the vocabulary of ethical reasoning in Jewish, Christian and philosophical traditions and then address moral questions that arise in studying the Holocaust, such as, among others: How should we discuss the moral dilemmas faced by Holocaust victims? What does it mean to say that the perpetrators are evil? Readings will be drawn from historical and literary Holocaust narratives, classical religious sources and contemporary reflections on ethical issues.

Semester Information: 
Spring 2019A: January 2 – February 26, 2019

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