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Academic Year 2005/2006
The Treason of the Intellectuals: Power, Ethics, and Cultural Production
HIST 382 SP
In his 1928 essay Julian Benda railed against the "treason" of the European intellectual establishment who abandoned disinterested intellectual activity in favor of political and nationalist engagement. In this course
will explore the relation of intellectuals to politics and the ethical ramifications thereof. Beginning with the Dreyfus Affair the course will emphasize political involvement in France and Germany and focus on the
between political action and intellectual and cultural production. Figures to be considered are: Emile Zola, Julian Benda, Maurice Blanchot, Robert Brasillach, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice
Merlean-Ponty, and Raymond Aron.
Authors to be read include (but will not be limited to): Ernst Junger, Carl Schmitt, Martin Heidegger, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, Emile Zola, Julian Benda, Maurice Blanchot, Robert
Brasillach, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul
Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Raymond Aron, Emmanuel Levinas.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Class attendance and participation are essential to pass this course.
At least on class presentation.
Two short papers and one research paper.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Only COL majors will be allowed to take this course on a credit/unsatisfactory basis. All others must take this course for a grade.
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