Topics in German Culture and Society: Denial, Disavowal, and the Problem of Knowing

Why is it that we know something but don't act accordingly? This question becomes urgent in the face of issues that require immediate action, like global-warming, meat-production, sexual violence, racism, exploitative working conditions. "Death is a master from Germany," the poet Paul Celan wrote -- given the long denial of the death-camps, we could also say: "Denial is a master from Germany." This class traces a series of catastrophic (quasi-)events in German history and discusses global analogues. Yet we also explore the philosophical problem of knowing: when are we too sure that we know something, too quick to accuse others of denial?
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