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«
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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.