Open Wounds: The Crisis of Jewish Thought in the Aftermath of Auschwitz
For Patterson, the primary responsibility of post-Holocaust Jewish thought is the refusal to think in the same categories that led to the attempted extermination of the Jewish people. The Nazis, he says, were anti-Semitic for the same reason that Western ontological thought is anti-Semitic: because modern philosophy made God irrelevant by placing the thinking ego at the center of being.
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