JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 001 Radical Jewish Secularism: Messiahs and Utopia
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
May be elected three times for credit.
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“… the unspeakable is spoken, the otherwise invisible becomes visible, and the unbearable explodes.” With these words Herbert Marcuse dared young people in 1967 to commit themselves to an apocalyptic adventure.

Why should an elderly refugee from Hitler’s Germany still see utopian potential in constructive disorder? For answers we will connect Marcuse’s rhetoric to an underground lineage of failed Jewish Messianic movements. Our course traces varieties of radical Jewish thought through essays by German Jewish writers like Freud, Buber, Adorno, and Arendt. After the war a circle of Jewish professors at Brandeis University skeptically engaged Marcuse and his challenge. At the height of student activism, the young Richard Sennett gestured toward Marcuse’s agenda: “To change the leaders of a society without changing the amount of disorder that the society will bear is ultimately to have no revolution at all.”

JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
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001 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
5Graduate Standing
Tu 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Note: Meets with History 498.001 and LAW 847 Undergrads may register for this class only with permission from the instructor.
003 (SEM)
M 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Meets with POLSCI 497.001
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