In the wake of the Dreyfus affair and the Shoah, many French intellectuals have maintained rich and complex relationships with Judaism, beyond as well as within the religious dimension. Whether they approach it via history, philosophy, biblical studies or sociology, or following a personal itinerary, many contemporary intellectuals are deeply involved in Jewish culture.
Interviewed at length by Elisabeth Weber, this volume presents the meditations of seven well-known French thinkers on the special relations of their own intellectual pursuit to Judaism. As memory or as the place of circumfession (in Jacques Derrida's words), as the symbol of the unrepresentable (Jean-François Lyotard) or as the witness, according to Emmanuel Levinas, to a biblical humanity, Judaism is continually engaged in renewing and displacing contemporary thought.
The volume includes interviews with: Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Jacques Derrida, Rita Thalmann, Emmanuel Levinas, Léon Poliakov, Jean-François Lyotard, and Luc Rosenzweig.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Against the Murderers of Memory
A Testimony Given
Women of Resistance
Humanity Is Biblical
Before the Law After the Law
Born in 1943
Other editions - View all
aleph Algerian alliance Auschwitz Bible Birnbaum born called camp century Chouraqui Christian circumcision Circumfession Communist Cremieux decree crimes culture death deconstruction deported differend Dreyfus Affair ELISABETH WEBER emancipation Emmanuel Levinas fact feminist forget France French Jews Freud genocide German ghetto guilt Gurs happened Heidegger Hermann historian Historikerstreit History of Anti-Semitism Hitler Holocaust human Ibid idea instance interview Israel Israeli Jacques Derrida Jean-Francois Lyotard Jewish Jewish tradition Judaism Juifs juive Kafka kind Klaus Barbie language Leon Poliakov Liberation living Luc Rosenzweig means memoire memory Monde murder National Nazi Nazism paradox Paris Paul Paul Celan perhaps persecution philosopher Pierre Vidal-Naquet political possible problem question quote Rabbi racism Reich Republic revisionist Rita Thalmann sense sentence Sephardic sexual Shoah social speak Talmud things thought tion trans translation University Press Vichy Waldheim witness woman women words writing York