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Title Parting ways [electronic resource] : Jewishness and the critique of Zionism / Judith Butler.
Author Butler, Judith, 1956-
Publication New York : Columbia University Press, [2012]
Copyright date ©2012
Description 1 online resource (viii, 251 pages).
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Call # eBOOK
Series New directions in critical theory
New directions in critical theory.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: self-departure, exile, and the critique of Zionism -- Impossible, necessary task: Said, Levinas, and the ethical demand -- Unable to kill: Levinas contra Levinas -- Walter Benjamin and the critique of violence -- Flashing up: Benjamin's Messianic politics -- Is Judaism Zionism?: Or, Arendt and the critique of the nation-state -- Quandaries of the plural: cohabitation and sovereignty in Arendt -- Primo Levi for the present -- "What shall we do without exile?": Said and Darwish address the future.
Summary "Judith Butler follows Edward Said's late suggestion that only through a consideration of Palestinian dispossession in relation to Jewish diasporic traditions will a new ethos for a one-state solution emerge. Butler engages some forms of Jewish intellectual criticism of political Zionism and its practices of illegitimate state violence, nationalism, and state-sponsored racism. At the same time, she moves beyond communitarian frameworks, including Jewish ones, that fail to arrive at a radical democratic notion of political cohabitation. As important as it is to dispute Israel's claim to represent the Jewish people, it is equally important, Butler argues, to show that a narrowly Jewish framework cannot suffice as a basis for an ultimate critique of Zionism. She promotes an ethical position in which the obligations of cohabitation do not derive from cultural sameness but from the unchosen character of social plurality. Recovering the arguments of Jewish thinkers who offered criticisms of Zionism or whose work could be used for such a purpose, Butler disputes the specific charge of anti-Semitic self-hatred often leveled against Jewish critiques of Israel. Her political ethic relies on a vision of cohabitation that exposes the limits of every communitarian framework, including Jewish ones, to overcome the colonial legacy of Zionism. Her own engagements with Said and Mahmoud Darwish are important to her articulation of the displacement of communitarian thought. Butler draws upon some Jewish traditions of thought to consider the rights of the dispossessed, the necessity of plural cohabitation, and the dangers of arbitrary state violence, showing how they can be extended to a critique of Zionism, even when that is not their purpose. Butler engages thinkers such as Edward Said, Emmanuel Levinas, Hannah Arendt, Primo Levi, Martin Buber, Walter Benjamin, and Mahmoud Darwish. She revisits and affirms Edward Said's late proposals for a one-state solution. Butler's startling suggestion: Jewish ethics not only demand a critique of Zionism, but must transcend its exclusive Jewishness in order to realize the ethical and political ideals of living together in radical democracy"--Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject Jewish ethics.
Political violence -- Israel.
Zionism -- Philosophy.
Jewish ethics. (OCoLC)fst01199497
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism.
Political violence. (OCoLC)fst01069902
RELIGION / Judaism / General.
Zionism -- Philosophy. (OCoLC)fst01184487
Israel. (OCoLC)fst01204236
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Alt Title Jewishness and the critique of Zionism
Related To Print version: Butler, Judith, 1956- Parting ways. New York : Columbia University Press, [2012] 9780231146104 (DLC) 2011046089 (OCoLC)767719690
ISBN 0231517955 (electronic bk.)
9780231517959 (electronic bk.)

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