Social Theory after the Holocaust

BookSocial Theory after the Holocaust

Social Theory after the Holocaust

Studies in Social and Political Thought, 2


November 1st, 2000



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This collection of essays explores the character and quality of the Holocaust’s impact and the abiding legacy it has left for social theory. The premise which informs the contributions is that, ten years after its publication, Zygmunt Bauman’s claim that social theory has either failed to address the Holocaust or protected itself from its implications remains true.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: The Holocaust’s Life as a Ghost13
2: Hannah Arendt: Politics and Understanding after the Holocaust25
3: Whither the Broken Middle? Rose and Fackenheim on Mourning, Modernity and the Holocaust53
4: Good against Evil? H.G. Adler, T.W. Adorno and the Representation of the Holocaust77
5: ‘After Auschwitz’: Trauma and the Grammar of Ethics107
6: Lyotard: Emancipation, Anti-Semitism and ‘the Jews’131
7: Eradicating Evil: Levinas, Judaism and the Holocaust147
8: Silence – Voice – Representation165
9: Friends and Others: Lessing’s Die Juden and Nathan der Weise185
10: The Visibility of the Holocaust: Franz Neumann and the Nuremburg Trials203
11: Holocaust Testimony and the Challenge to the Philosophy of History225
12: Open Behind: Myth and Politics241
Notes on Contributors265
Name Index269
Subject Index271