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The Treason of the Intellectuals: Power, Ethics, and Cultural Production
HIST 391
Spring 2022
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 355

In his 1928 essay Julien 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 we 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 to focus on the vexed relationship between political action and intellectual production. We will examine figures such as Zola, Benda, Breton, Celine, Sartre, Camus, Beauvoir, Aron, Fanon, Foucault, Mbembe, Derrida, Kristeva, and Cixous.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(HIST-MN)(HIST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on DEC-06-2023
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