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Nancy and Blanchot in Dialogue

Kevin Hart

fascism? Or can the word, rather, indicate a new way of being in common, one that became briefly visible in the communist experiment, understood first as the appearing of the truth of democracy before it collapsed under the weight of ideology and militarism? 1 Maurice Blanchot and Jean-Luc Nancy have

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky

Cohen’s system, Benjamin’s approach found its most explosive political application in his confrontation with fascism. Formulated in the reviews col- lected under the title “Theories of German Fascism” (1930) and in the now famous treatise “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (1935

Annabel Herzog

fascism and National Socialism, up to the supreme paradox where the defense of the human and its right is inverted into Stalinism (PP 340; PP’163. See also PP 341; PP’ 164). Similar to Benjamin, Levinas sees a connection between the liberal belief in progress manifested in the “bourgeois peace of the man

Steven Wasserstrom

Hand", sacred of transgression, was somehow meant to counteract Fascism, it may be noted that the Fascist theorist of religion, Julius Evola, mentor and friend to Eliade for fifty years, used the "Way of the Left Hand" to refer to his own brand of fascist spirituality. See, for example, Explorations

Annette Aronowicz

twen- tieth century. Levinas names the First World War, the Russian rev- olution betraying itself in Stalinism, fascism, Hitlerism, the war of 39–45, atomic bombings, genocide and war uninterrupted from that point onward. 30 These events revealed the weakness of the Western humanistic tradition

Benjamin E. Sax

boundaries. In arguably his most famous essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility” (1935), written at a time when fascism cast an ominous shadow over any remaining liberal confidence in the political system, Benjamin all but eviscerated the hope for the infinitely large role for

Allon Gal

argued against those "who do not recognize the uniqueness of the Jewish people and its special role in history" and suggested that the twentieth 46 Ibid., pp. 10, 13-14. Historical continuity and Zionism 179 century Jewish and Israeli disposition against Fascism, Soviet dic- tatorship, and aggressive

Yuval Jobani

—wanted to rid themselves of the Christian inheritance and turn back to the Germanic civilization of the Teutonic forests.” 45 Avinery in turn rendered the Canaanites as nothing more than “a paraphrase of Fascism,” stating that “German thinkers” likewise “expanded the term ‘German’ to include anyone who

Bob Plant

acts remain “scattered throughout life like atoms of radium” (408). As such, Ikonnikov describes the capacity for “stupid kindness” as what is “most truly human in a human being” (409). He proceeds: [T]he more I saw of the darkness of Fascism, the more clearly I realized that human qualities persist

William Altman

resist fascism. Of particular note, of course, is Martin Heidegger, whose philosophy Strauss greatly respected from a philosophical point of view. 224 Returning to chapter 6, one finds no criticism of Heidegger by Strauss on these grounds; as Batnitzky knows, Strauss says very little that is critical of