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Social theory after the Holocaust

Social Theory after the Holocaust



This collection of essays explores the character and quality of the Holocaust’s impact and the abiding legacy it has left for social theory. The premise which informs the contributions is that, ten years after its publication, Zygmunt Bauman’s claim that social theory has either failed to address the Holocaust or protected itself from its implications remains true.


Introduction - Robert Fine and Charles Turner
1. The Holocaust's Life as a Ghost - Zygmunt Bauman
2. Hannah Arendt: Politics and Understanding after the Holocaust - Robert Fine
3. Whither the Broken Middle? Rose and Fackenheim on Mourning, Modernity and the Holocaust - Anthony Gorman
4. Good against Evil? H.G. Adler, T.W. Adorno and the Representation of the Holocaust - Jeremy Adler
5. 'After Auschwitz': Trauma and the Grammar of Ethics - J.M. Bernstein
6. Lyotard: Emancipation, Anti-Semitism and 'the Jews' - David Seymour
7. Eradicating Evil: Levinas, Judaism and the Holocaust - Victor J. Seidler
8. Silence - Voice - Representation - Heidrun Friese
9. Friends and Others: Lessing's Die Juden and Nathan der Weise - Andrew Benjamin
10. The Visibility of the Holocaust: Franz Neumann and the Nuremberg Trials - Michael Salter
11. Holocaust Testimony and the Challenge to the Philosophy of History - Dan Stone
12. Open Behind: Myth and Politics - Charles Turner
Notes on Contributors
Name Index
Subject Index