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The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism: Jews, Israel, And Liberal Opinion (Philosophy And The Global Context) (Philosophy and the Global Context (Paperback)) Paperback – 27 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (27 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742552276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742552272
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,177,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I write as a long-time leftist, writer on Marxist theory, and charter member of the New Left. Harrison brings a precise philosopher's intelligence to the vexing, frightening, and at times disgusting phenomenon of left-wing anti-semitism. If his history is at times one-sided and his account of the left simplistic, he has nailed the many failures of left moral clarity and intellectual imagination. If you've ever wondered why and how seemingly liberal, left, anti-racist, nice people can hold such distorted views on Israel, this is an excellent book for you. If you think of yourself as progressive and think Israel has no right to exist, or is the sole cause of the conflict, you'd better read it immediately.--Roger Gottlieb

What makes this book so impressive is that it goes beyond the current political controversy and makes an original and worthwhile contribution to moral philosophy. Harrison presents a subtle pluralist view of morality, arguing that some moral problems-like some of those arising from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-have no solution that can be fully satisfactory from a moral point of view. He lucidly analyzes a certain zealously moralistic ethos, which used to be religious but which can now be found secularized on the political left. The book is a timely warning that what seems to be a solid moral high ground may in fact be a terrain prone to subsidence and collapse.--Thomas Mautner, Visiting Fellow, School of Humanities, Australian National University and editor of The Penguin Dictionary of Philosophy

Let me say straight out that this is an extraordinary book and a delight to read. Intellectually it goes far beyond anything else written on the "New Anti-Semitism." It is a wonderful remedy for the close-mindedness and lazy thinking that beset so much of modern culture, and that are most manifest when intelligent people opinionate about anti-Semitism and Israel. Harrison is attempting to reveal to well-intentioned and bien-pensant readers the blind spots in their own consciousness which deflect them into very dangerous and distasteful channels of anti-Semitism. Anyone who felt that Edward Said's Orientalism opened up new intellectual vistas is bound to have a similar - if disconcerting - thrill of the disturbingly new when reading this book.--Paul Lawrence Rose, Professor of European History, Mitrani Professor of Jewish Studies, and Director of the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism, Pe

Bernard Harrison has brought talents he honed for 40 years in what he calls 'the amiable sharkpool of analytic philosophy' to brilliantly dissect the anti-Semitism currently purveyed by the left. An elegant stylist, Harrison is deadly in shredding the claims of the exponents of the new anti-Semitism. Harrison is superb dissecting the meretricious reasoning characteristic of anti-Semitism, the internal contradictions, the incoherence, and the evasion of contradictory evidence.--Rael Jean Isaac, Mercy College "Springer "

Anti-Semitism always needs a new form - the name it takes in one generation becomes a slur in the next, but its capacity for mutation and perennial resurgence means that new forms and new arguments are always available to reinstate it in mainstream respect. Harrison brilliantly exposes this cycle of self-deception for what it is. This is one of those rare books that assesses the arguments in a way that produces illumination, rather than a fog of obfuscation. But it is more than that. It is also a polemical book, thought-provoking, original, and independent in approach.--Brenda Almond, Emeritus Professor of Moral and Social Philosophy, University of Hull, United Kingdom and Editor of Contemporary Ethical Deba

Outlining a precise boundary between anti-semitism and legitimate criticism of Israeli policies, the author demonstrates, through critical analysis of liberal literature and commentaries, that the Left's articulation of moral indignation verges on--if it is not rooted in--an anti-semitism that has a long, bloody history. Recommended.--M.F. Nefsky, University of Lethbridge "CHOICE "

By bringing the gifts of analytic philosophy and moral passion to bear on the antisemitism of liberals, Bernard Harrison, like George Eliot before him, has revealed the link between bad reasoning -- vilification and canard -- and its violent consequences. The Resurgence of Antisemitism is an admirable work of heroic conscience, and merits the attention of every open and honest mind.--Cynthia Ozick, author of The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories

About the Author

Bernard Harrison taught for twenty-nine years at the University of Sussex, successively as lecturer, Reader, and Professor of Philosophy, before moving in 1992 to the E.E. Ericksen Chair of Philosophy at the University of Utah, where he remains an Emeritus Professor. He has also taught or held research posts at the Universities of Michigan, Toronto, Cincinnati and Western Australia, and at the Australian national University. He is the author of seven books and more than fifty papers in journals and anthologies. His interests range from the philosophy of language, ethics, and the interpretation of Wittgenstein, to philosophy and literature. His recent books include Inconvenient Fictions: Literature and the Limits of Theory (Yale University Press, 1991) and Word and World: Practice and the Foundations of Language (with Patricia Hanna: Cambridge University Press, 2004).


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