Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism

Judith Butler, Jacqueline Rose

26/02/2013
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Judith Butler’s Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism recovers Jewish philosophical traditions to reinvigorate the discussion of co-habitation in Israel and Palestine, drawing on a tradition of principled non-violence. Using the work of Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Martin Buber and Primo Levi, amongst others, within a contemporary context, a new political ethic is articulated.

Butler discussed with Jacqueline Rose the philosophical and political quandaries attending the formation of the state of Israel. They consider whether it is time to consider “binationalism”, and what that might mean within a solution to the conflict.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.One of contemporary theory’s foremost thinkers, her work is at the crossroads of disciplines including continental philosophy, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics. Butler’s books include Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity; Antigone’s Claim; Kinship Between Life and Death; Precarious Life; The Powers of Mourning and Violence and Frames of War; When is Life Grievable?

Judith Butler

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.One of contemporary theory’s foremost thinkers, her work is at the crossroads of disciplines including continental philosophy, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics. Butler’s books include Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity; Antigone’s Claim; Kinship Between Life and Death; Precarious Life; The Powers of Mourning and Violence and Frames of War; When is Life Grievable?

Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline Rose joins the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in January 2015. She has written extensively on psychoanalysis, feminism, literature and politics. Her books include On Not Being Able to Sleep and Proust among the Nations.

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