Author(s): Gianni Vattimo
This volume in the Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy series provides a political and philosophical critique of Zionism. While other nationalisms seem to have adapted to twenty-first century realities and shifting notions of state and nation, Zionism has largely remained tethered to a nineteenth century mentality, including the glorification of the state as the only means of expressing the spirit of the people. These essays, contributed by eminent international thinkers including Slavoj Zizek, Luce Irigaray, Judith Butler, Gianni Vattimo, Walter Mignolo, Marc Ellis, and others, deconstruct the political-metaphysical myths that are the framework for the existence of Israel. Collectively, they offer a multifaceted critique of the metaphysical, theological, and onto-political grounds of the Zionist project and the economic, geopolitical, and cultural outcomes of these foundations. A significant contribution to the debates surrounding the state of Israel today, this groundbreaking work will appeal to anyone interested in political theory, philosophy, Jewish thought, and the Middle East conflict.
This Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy volume offers a critique of the foundations of the Zionist project and its culmination in the state of Israel.
To open, to disassemble, to examine of what the assemblage is made. To think its conditions, its stakes, its possible or vanished meaning anew. That is what 'deconstruction' means. It arises from a real consideration, in the strongest sense, of the chosen object. Today, it is obviously necessary to make Zionism that object, among others-not only the word itself but also all the significations it carries. That is why one must salute the initiative behind this book. -- Jean-Luc Nancy, Professor Emeritus, Strasbourg, France This unique book includes perceptive analyses of Zionism by some of today's leading philosophers. A 'must read' for anyone seeking the theoretical tools to address the conflict in the Middle East and committed to global social justice. -- Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research For those of us who believe that the political and moral health of the global world depends on a just and fair solution to the problems that beset Palestine/Israel, this book is an illuminating contribution. These essays written by diverse and gifted hands explore the politics of nationhood and territorial coexistence from a plurality of philosophical, theological, and secular perspectives. The most interesting essays lead us towards the condition of the Middle East via a reflection on other political situations defined by proximity, ambivalence, and antagonism. This is an ambitious and engrossing volume. -- Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University, US
Gianni Vattimo is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Turin and a member of the European Parliament. He is the author of Hermeneutic Communism (co-authored with S. Zabala), A Farewell to Truth; The Responsibility of the Philosopher; Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith (with R. Girard); Not Being God: A Collaborative Autobiography (with P. Paterlini); Art's Claim to Truth; After the Death of God (with John D. Caputo); Dialogue with Nietzsche; The Future of Religion (with Richard Rorty); Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, and Law; and After Christianity. Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz. He is the Associate Editor of Telos: A Quarterly Journal of Critical Thought and the author of The Event of The Thing: Derrida's Post-Deconstructive Realism (2009).
Introduction: "If not now, when?" Gianni Vattimo & Michael Marder Chapter 1: Anti-Semitism and Its Transformations Slavoj Zizek Chapter 2: How to Become an Anti-Zionist Gianni Vattimo Chapter 3: Is Judaism Zionism? Or, Arendt and the Critique of the Nation-State Judith Butler Chapter 4: Decolonizing the Nation-State: Zionism in the Colonial Horizon of Modernity Walter Mignolo Chapter 5: Karl Marx and Hannah Arendt on the Jewish Question: Political Theology as a Critique Artemy Magun Chapter 6: Notes on the Prophetic Instability of Zionism Marc H. Ellis Chapter 7: The Spirit of Zionism: Derrida, Ruah, and the Purloined Birthright Christopher Wise Chapter 8: Rex, or the Negation of Wandering Ranjana Khanna Chapter 9: The Hermeneutical Stance: Being Discharged at the Margins of Political Zionism Santiago Zabala Chapter 10: The Zionist Synecdoche Michael Marder Chapter 11: Sharing Humanity: Towards Peaceful Coexistence in Difference Luce Irigaray Index