The Treason of the Intellectuals: Power, Ethics, and Cultural Production|
Fall 2009 not offered
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 and Germany and focus on the relationship 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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Raymond Aron, THE OPIUM OF THE INTELLECTUALS
Simone de Beauvoir, THE MANDARINS
Julian Benda, THE TREASON OF THE INTELLECTUALS
Michael Burns, FRANCE AND THE DREYFUS AFFAIR
Albert Camus, THE PLAGUE
David Carroll, FRENCH LITERARY FASCISM
Tony Judt, PAST-IMPERFECT
Jean-Paul Sartre, DIRTY HANDS
|Examination and Assignments: |
One short theme paper and one research paper. At least one in class presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class attendance and active participation are essential to pass this course.
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