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Social Theory after the Holocaust$
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Robert Fine and Charles Turner

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239659

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314087

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‘After Auschwitz’: Trauma and the Grammar of Ethics

‘After Auschwitz’: Trauma and the Grammar of Ethics

(p.101) Chapter 5 ‘After Auschwitz’: Trauma and the Grammar of Ethics
Social Theory after the Holocaust

J.M. Bernstein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter depicts Lyotard and Levinas's theories to connect or disconnect traumatic experience with those of ethical experience. It utilizes Lyotard's take on Emmanuel Levinas's thoughts, an examination of Lyotard's overview of The Differend, and an analysis of Lyotard's Heidegger and the ‘Jews’ to attain the answer that differentiates trauma and ethics to define the Holocaust.

Keywords:   Lyotard, Emmanuel Levinas, traumatic experience, ethical experience, The Differend, Heidegger, Jews, Holocaust

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