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Spring Break Away 2014 - Berlin

Course: UCOR 132-B35 Philosophy - Basic Phil Questions OR  

Course: PHIL 235-B01 Philosphy and the Holocaust

[satisfies Core Theme Area:  Social Justice AND CORE BPQ]


This introductory Philosophy course will focus on philosophy and ethics leading up to and responding to the rise of Hitler and the Final Solution. The Holocaust was one of the gravest tragedies of human history, but what ways of thinking about religion, ethics, responsibility, racism, politics, and civic responsibility led to the Holocaust? We will read Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, Adorno, Wiesel and Frankl in our search to understand these questions.

Our Spring Break studying abroad will take us to Berlin, Germany, where we will immerse ourselves in World War II history. Berlin is rich in homes, museums and other sites preserving the World War II era. We will also travel to one of the concentration camps on the outskirts of Berlin and witness firsthand the harrowing and dehumanizing feel of these terrible places. But Berlin is also a contemporary, vibrant and international city with a lively nightlife and creative art scene. It is not only the capital of Germany but also a city with a vast and impressive cultural heritage of music, art, cuisine and theatre. Our journey will be a rich mixture of learning, friendship, and personal growth.


Professor: Prof. Matthew Lovett

Prerequisites: The course is open to all, no prerequisites

Max enrollment: 20 students

More information: See Prof. Lovett, 303 College Hall

Class Time: MW 3-4:15 p.m.

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