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Sergey Dolgopolski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823280186

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823280186.001.0001

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Humans, Jews, and the Other Others

Humans, Jews, and the Other Others

(p.1) Introduction Humans, Jews, and the Other Others
Other Others

Sergey Dolgopolski

Fordham University Press

The “Introduction” formulates the question of the political, and in particular of the emergence and erasure of the political from the horizon of currently predominant political thought in political theology and political ontology. The “Introduction” further attunes the readers to the dynamic key of “effacement” as both emergence and erasure, thereby defining the main register in which the book is proceeding -- as distinct from the keys of chronological periodisation, linear history, paradigm shifts, or other stabilizing approaches. The “Introduction” further draws a distinction between politics and the political, and advances the question of the political in relation to the Talmud as both a text and a discipline of thinking able to shed a new, contrasting, light on the paradox driven modern political notions of a singularizing and even singling out notion of a “Jew,” and a universalizing notion of the “human being.” The “Introduction” concludes by gesturing towards a much closer connection between the question of the political in the Talmud, the notions of the Jews and of the human beings in modernity, and the question of earth and territory as a part of political equation these concepts spell out.

Keywords:   Effacement, Human being, Jew, Talmud, the political

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