By Vattimo, Gianni; Marder, Michael

ISBN-10: 1441105948

ISBN-13: 9781441105943

ISBN-10: 1441114777

ISBN-13: 9781441114778

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This quantity within the Political idea and modern Philosophy sequence presents a political and philosophical critique of Zionism.

While different nationalisms appear to have tailored to twenty-first century realities and moving notions of nation and country, Zionism has mostly remained tethered to a 19th century mentality, together with the glorification of the nation because the simply technique of expressing the spirit of the folks. those essays, contributed via eminent foreign thinkers together with Slavoj Zizek, Luce Irigaray, Judith Butler, Gianni Vattimo, Walter Mignolo, Marc Ellis, and others, deconstruct the political-metaphysical myths which are the framework for the lifestyles of Israel.Collectively, they give a multifaceted critique of the metaphysical, theological, and onto-political grounds of the Zionist venture and the commercial, geopolitical, and cultural results of those foundations.

A major contribution to the debates surrounding the nation of Israel this present day, this groundbreaking paintings will attract an individual drawn to political idea, philosophy, Jewish proposal, and the center East conflict.

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And yet, as we know, there are contexts in which none of these criticisms can be heard without an immediate suspicion that the person who articulates them has something against the Jews or, if Jewish herself, has something against herself. Moreover, in every case we are confronted with the limits on audibility by which the contemporary public sphere is constituted. There is always a question: should I listen to this or not? Am I being heard or misconstrued? The public sphere is constituted time and again through certain kinds of exclusions: images that cannot be seen, words that cannot be heard.

1 It presents itself as the history of a sharing that turns into a progressive dissolution of a “constitutive” mythology—the very thing that today continues to be valued in the self-awareness of many Jews who remain tied to this mythology. We, namely Europeans who were born around the time of the Second World War, were raised—save for rare exceptions, as rare as those who remained fascists at the end of the 1940s—on the myth of the antifascist resistance and on the painful memory of the Holocaust.

Once again I cannot free myself from the problem of Israel; it is ultimately like the original sin spoken of in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible. Here I will take up, to conclude this unconcludable reflection, a summary of my article that has never appeared—not by my choice—in an Italian newspaper, but that crystalizes much of what I have in mind when I speak of Zionism and anti-Zionism. It begins with the viewing of the Cohen brothers’ film A Serious Man, released some years ago and perhaps one that has not been discussed and understood enough.

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