*FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With a new preface by Michael Walzer Jean-Paul Sartre’s book is a brilliant portrait of both anti-Semite and Jew. Sartre’s Anti-Semite and Jew was written shortly after the liberation of Paris from Nazi occupation in This essay tries to examine the origin. Sartre’s writing is relevant to the alt-right movement today. It contains the famous line: “If the Jew did not exist, the anti-Semite would invent.
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Anti-Semite and Jew French: The full text was then published in The essay deals with antisemitism and how Jews react to it. More broadly, the book tries to explain the etiology of hate by analyzing antisemitic hate.
According to Sartre, sdmite and hate more broadly is, among other things, a way by which the middle class lay claim to the nation in which they reside, and an oversimplified conception of the world in which the antisemite sees “not a conflict of interests but the damage semihe evil power causes society. Sartre begins antk defining antisemitism as characterized by certain opinions: Sartre states that these non-contradictory conceptions are “dangerous and false” and refuses to “characterize as opinion a doctrine that is aimed directly at particular persons and that seeks to suppress their rights or to exterminate them.
Sartre argues that antisemitism is not an “idea” in the commonly understood sense of the word: Sartre states that “It is first of all a passion. Sejite is an involvement of the mind, but one so deep-seated and complex that it extends to jwe physiological realm, as happens in cases of hysteria.
If the Jew did not exist, the anti-Semite would invent him. It lends new perspective to experience and historical fact. The anti-Semite convinces himself of beliefs that he knows to be spurious at best. Sartre deploys his concept of bad faith as he develops his argument.
Anti-Semite and Jew
For Sartre, the anti-Semite has escaped the insecurity of good faith, the impossibility of sincerity. He has abandoned reason and embraced passion. Sartre comments that, “It is not unusual semits people to elect to live a life of passion rather than of reason.
But ordinarily they love the objects of passion: Since the anti-Semite has chosen hate, we are forced to conclude that it is the state of passion that he loves. The rational man groans as he gropes for the truth; he knows that reasoning is no more than tentative, that other considerations may intervene to cast doubt on it. He can blame anything on the Jew; he does not need to engage reason, for he has his faith.
The anti-Semite is a prime example of a person who has entered into bad faith to avoid responsibility. Xartre attempts to relinquish his responsibility to anti-Semitism and a community of anti-Semites. He “fears every kind of solitariness… however small his stature, he takes every precaution to make it smaller, lest he stand out from the herd and find himself face to face with himself.
He has made himself an anti-Semite because that is something one cannot be alone. Anti-Semitism is a way of feeling good, proud even, rather than guilty at the abandonment of responsibility and the flight before the impossibility of true sincerity.
The anti-Semite abandons himself to the crowd and his bad faith, he “flees responsibility as he flees his own consciousness, and choosing for his personality the permanence of the rock, he chooses for his morality the scale of petrified values.
The anti-Semite is afraid “of himself, of his own consciousness, of his own liberty, of his instincts, of his responsibilities, of solitariness, of change, of society, and the world — of everything except the Jews.
The anti-Semite is a man who wishes to be pitiless stone, a furious torrent, a devastating thunderbolt — anything except a man.
Anti-Semite and Jew by Jean-Paul Sartre | : Books
First he goes through the various ways in which the term or identity “Jew” has been defined. One by one he proves to his own satisfaction why each is fatally flawed. Just as a chair is a chair by virtue of our considering it a chair, as in Wittgenstein ‘s later philosophy, so a Jew is a person whom others consider to be a Jew. Therefore, a Jew’s Jewishness exists only to the extent they are considered Jewish by those around them.
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