Sartre’s analysis of anti-Semitism and its relevance for today

Hinchliffe, Geoffrey (2019) Sartre’s analysis of anti-Semitism and its relevance for today. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 51 (1). pp. 97-106. ISSN 0013-1857

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In the second half of 1944, Jean-Paul Sartre wrote an essay entitled ‘Anti-Semite and Jew’. He analyses what might be termed the moral pathology of the anti-Semite. Such a person, Sartre suggests, has chosen to enact a passion, a passion of hatred. The motive is the desire for ‘impenetrability’ – a disavowal of reasoned argument – and a pleasure taken in the assertion and re-assertion of what is known to be false. Sartre’s essay was written hurriedly and looking back over 70 years, we can see its flaws. But I suggest that the kernel of his analysis of the anti-Semite is compelling, especially in the context of the growth of anti-immigrant prejudice in the UK and elsewhere. Using Sartre as a starting point, I discuss the nature of prejudice and suggest that to counter prejudices, a civic education is needed that emphasises a narrative of liberty.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sartre,anti-semite,liberty,prejudice,immigration
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 11:30
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 23:48
DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2018.1449639

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