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Kant's antisemitism

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Submitted by Paul Lawrence Rose (United States), Aug 17, 2010 at 17:06

To the more universalist aspects of Kant's thinking should be added a very particular antisemitism that is also reflected in the current intertwining of universal values and antisemitism. This is described in detail in my book German Question/Jewish Question.Revolutionary Antisemitism in Germany from Kant to Wagner (Princeton 1992) which infuriated many readers (and pleased others) by its discrediting of Kant's humanitarian stature as an alibi for a "clean" German cultural tradition distinct from antisemitism. PLR

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