Prof. Assaf Sharon
30 teaching hours, equivalent to 3 ECTS
Assaf Sharon is a Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and head of its Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law program. He is also co-founder and senior fellow at Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy
Arguably the most important intellectual, cultural, and religious movement in modern Jewish history, the Jewish enlightenment transformed the Jewish world. The breading ground of new ideas and a novel Jewish experience, the Enlightenment gave rise to many major social, political movements, including: secular Judaism, Reform Judaism, Hebrew culture, and Zionism. The course will focus on the ideological novelties of the enlightenment: its critique of orthodox religion and of Jewish diasporic existence, the return to history and rejuvenation of a secular Jewish culture, and the reinvention of Judaism as a national cultural and political affiliation.