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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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Eradicating Evil: Levinas, Judaism and the Holocaust

Eradicating Evil: Levinas, Judaism and the Holocaust

(p.141) Chapter 7 Eradicating Evil: Levinas, Judaism and the Holocaust
Social Theory after the Holocaust

Victor J. Seidler

Liverpool University Press

This chapter contains an essay by Victor J. Seidler that discusses modernity and Jewishness. Seidler uses Kantian and Durkheimian tradition, references to Levinas and Bauman, and other relevant theorists to define evil and its perception in the pre-modern and modern eras. He also dwells on how Jews embrace their Jewishness and on how other races accepted their Jewishness during and after the Holocaust. The emergence of a materialist analysis of anti-semitism only gained a deeper interest in the mid-1980s because of Steven Spielberg's movie Schindler's List. The chapter concludes by tracing the difficulties of clearly defining the workings of anti-semitism due to the way the relation between the pre-modern and modern entities of anti-semitism is conceived.

Keywords:   modernity, Jewishness, Kantian tradition, Durkheimian tradition, eradicating evil, anti-semitism, Schindler's List, pre-modern

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