Esau's Kiss or The Sublation of the Jewish Figure of the Human into the Liberal Form of Consciousness - 10.1628/jsq-2020-0010 - Mohr Siebeck
Judaistik

Asher J. Mattern

Esau's Kiss or The Sublation of the Jewish Figure of the Human into the Liberal Form of Consciousness

Response to Elad Lapidot, »Disfigured Friends«

Jahrgang 27 () / Heft 2, S. 130-145 (16)
Publiziert 08.05.2020

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Liberal culture is positioning itself strongly against anti-Semitic attitudes: For liberal consciousness it would, indeed, be self-contradictory to recognize a fundamental distinction in the idea of humanity that allows for a devaluation of a certain figure of the human. Paradoxically, this leads liberal culture to a negation of Jewish particularity, letting its powerful anti-anti-Semitic stance converge with the anti-Semitic negation, coming from the opposite direction, of the Jewish existential position. The article argues that the liberal perspective unfolds a dynamic that systematically sublates the recognition of the Jewish figure of the human in its distinctive determination by Torah law as an authentic human possibility.
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