Due to the current Covid situation, the international study day “Heidegger and Jewish Thought”, scheduled for 2 December is postponed to spring 2022.
We kindly invite you to the following online lecture of the Institute of Jewish Studies (University of Antwerp):

Thursday 2 December 2021 at 20:00 CET

REFLECTIONS ON THE ANTI-ANTI-SEMITIC QUESTION

Prof. Elad Lapidot – University of Lille

In his recent book Jews Out of the Question. A Critique of Anti-Anti-Semitism (Albany: SUNY Press, 2020; German version: Anti-anti-Semitismus. Eine philosophische Kritik, Berlin : Matthes & Seitz, 2021), Elad Lapidot develops a critical reflection on dominant strategies for countering anti-Semitism in philosophy after the Holocaust. His analysis concerns authors such as Adorno, Horkheimer, Jean-Paul Sartre and Hannah Arendt, to Alain Badiou and most recently Jean-Luc Nancy. In his talk, Lapidot will present his book’s central critique, which concerns the way in which post-Holocaust philosophy has identified the fundamental, epistemological evil of anti-Semitic thought not in thinking against Jews, but in its way it thinks of Jews. In other words, so Lapidot claims, what philosophy has been denouncing as anti-Semitic is giving contours and lending substance to the figure of “the Jew” in thought. It is, paradoxically, the opposition to anti-Semitism that has been generating, in post-Holocaust philosophy, a rejection of Jewish thought, which, in some respects, is more radical than previous historical forms of discursive anti-Judaism.

Elad Lapidot is Professor for Hebraic Studies at the University of Lille, France. Holding a PhD in philosophy from the Paris Sorbonne university, he has taught philosophy, Jewish thought and Talmud at many universities, such as the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the Humboldt Universität and Freie Univeristät in Berlin. His work is guided by questions concerning the relation between knowledge and politics. Among his publications: Jews Out of the Question. A Critique of Anti-Anti-Semitism (Albany: SUNY Press, 2020), Hebrew translation with introduction and commentary (with R. Bar) of Hegel’s Phänomenologie des Geistes, Vol. 1 (Tel Aviv: Resling Publishing, 2020), Heidegger and Jewish Thought. Difficult Others, edited with M. Brumlik (London/New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), and Etre sans mot dire : La logique de ‘Sein und Zeit’ (Bucarest: Zeta Books, 2010).

Please confirm your attendance to the lecture before 2 December at ijs@uantwerpen.be. You will then receive the weblink.