Deconstructing Zionism A Critique of Political Metaphysics

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  • Copyright: 2013-11-21
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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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.

Author Biography

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona, Spain. He is author of The Remains of Being: Hermeneutic Ontology after Metaphysics (2009), co-author (with G. Vattimo) of Hermeneutic Communism (2011). He is also editor of Weakening Philosophy, The Future of Religion, Nihilism and Emancipation (2007) and Art's Claim to Truth (2008) and co-editor (with J. Malpas) of Consequences of Hermeneutics (2010) and (with M. Marder) of Being Shaken (2013).

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).

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Zionism as a Political-Metaphysical System" (Michael Marder & Santiago Zabala) / 1. "Metaphysics, Violence, and Zionism" (Gianni Vattimo) / 2. "Is Judaism Zionism?" (Judith Butler) / 3. "The Spirit of Zionism: Derrida, Ruah, and the Purloined Birthright" (Christopher Wise) / 4. "The Discharges of Zionism: A Palestinian Hermeneutic of Resistance" (Santiago Zabala) / 5. "The Zionist Synecdoche" (Michael Marder) / 6. "On the Zionist Question: Decolonizing the Silences of Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought" (Santiago Slabodsky) / 7. "Zionist Terrorism and the Torture of Palestinian People" (Danilo Zolo) / 8. "The Zionist Election" (Marie-José Mondzain)

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