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French Jewish Philosophical Writings On Jewish Identity

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We may note that French authors referring to the Jewish theme often use the phrases "Jewish question" or the more ominous "Jewish problem". Jean-Paul Sartre's famous book Réflexions sur la question juive was pivotal for post-war French Jewry. He analyzes the image of the Jew in the anti-Semitic imagination. L'existence juive: Solitude et affrontements on Jewish identity, though somewhat dry, had the greatest impact on its times and the questions it poses continue to be important. Essays and articles written by Emmanuel Lévinas between 1949 and 1963 were brought together in a collection that appeared under the name Difficult Freedom: Essays on Judaism. In it, he formulates as one of the main questions: "How is Judaism possible?" Written amid the volatility of the 1970s and its extreme left, separatist and regional movements, Richard Marienstras' book To Be a People in Diasporapositions Jewish identity in the political debate of the period.

Keywords:French authors; French Jewry; Jewish Identity



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