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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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Lyotard: Emancipation, Anti-Semitism and ‘the Jews’

Lyotard: Emancipation, Anti-Semitism and ‘the Jews’

(p.125) Chapter 6 Lyotard: Emancipation, Anti-Semitism and ‘the Jews’
Social Theory after the Holocaust

David Seymour

Liverpool University Press

This chapter contains an essay by David Seymour that explores Jean-Francois Lyotard's perspective on anti-semitism and the Holocaust. It starts by explaining that anti-semitism is portrayed in three different periods: in the epoch of the struggle for Jewish emancipation, in during and after the Holocaust, and in the postmodern era. Seymour continues by expounding on Lyotard's theory of anti-semitism and arguments on emancipation. The chapter concludes by stating that Lyotard has lifted the Jews and the Jewish Question (the debate on the appropriate treatment on Jews in society) to a significant factor in discussions of modernity.

Keywords:   Emancipation, Anti-Semitism, Jewish Question, modernity, Jewish treatment

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