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L'idéal démocratique à l'épreuve de la Shoa

Author: Shmuel Trigano
Publisher: Paris : O. Jacob, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : FrenchView all editions and formats
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Discusses the problems of European democracy in the light of the Shoah. Queries why it was that Europe, the originator of human rights, produced the Shoah and stigmatized some of its citizens to the point of destroying them, and seeks an answer in the antinomy between Jewish singularity and democratic universality. Argues that the recent debate on the singularity of the Shoah masks a deeper question concerning the  Read more...
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Trigano, Shmuel.
Idéal démocratique à l'épreuve de la Shoa.
Paris : O. Jacob, ©1999
(OCoLC)607416654
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shmuel Trigano
ISBN: 2738107427 9782738107428
OCLC Number: 51223431
Description: 361 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Shmuel Trigano.

Abstract:

Discusses the problems of European democracy in the light of the Shoah. Queries why it was that Europe, the originator of human rights, produced the Shoah and stigmatized some of its citizens to the point of destroying them, and seeks an answer in the antinomy between Jewish singularity and democratic universality. Argues that the recent debate on the singularity of the Shoah masks a deeper question concerning the foundations of modernity, which cannot embrace the Jews as a people. Theologies sacralizing the Shoah, as well as Holocaust deniers, the French New Left (e.g. Tzvetan Todorov and Alain Brossat), and the new historians in Israel have failed to grasp the meaning of Jewish uniqueness. In contrast, for Sartre and Arendt the Shoah revealed the emptiness of modernity in which citizenship overshadows concrete man. Exploring the unconscious of modernity, Trigano shows that the Jewish people, constituted around the Bible, threatens modernity's hidden belief in man as unlimited and self-made. Contends that democracy's totalitarian, murderous, and suicidal tendencies arise from these concealed underpinnings.

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