The Wisdom of Love

The Wisdom of Love

by Alain Finkielkraut
     
 

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The Wisdom of Love (La Sagesse de l'amour) examines the seemingly contradictory claims of universalism and partisanship for the ethnic or racial Other. In discussions of topics ranging from the work of the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas to the Dreyfus Affair of the 1890s to the contending positions of right and left in the recent culture wars in Europe and the… See more details below

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The Wisdom of Love (La Sagesse de l'amour) examines the seemingly contradictory claims of universalism and partisanship for the ethnic or racial Other. In discussions of topics ranging from the work of the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas to the Dreyfus Affair of the 1890s to the contending positions of right and left in the recent culture wars in Europe and the Americas, Finkielkraut cautions against both an unreflective universalism and an equally inflexible advocacy of the Other. He argues instead that genuine respect for the Other is inseparable from calls for universal justice and equality. Rather than being opposites, otherness and universalism are, for Finkielkraut, inextricably bound to one another. The Wisdom of Love makes a unique contribution to today's culture wars by examining love as a critical ground for social thought. Ultimately, Finkielkraut's anti-assimilationist position is committed to universalism and to the preservation of the Other's difference.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Times

"Alain Finkielkraut is a French thinker and social critic who, while taking a position in the political center, says unexpected things. . . . He is a writer who can sear with a bulletlike condemnation. . . . This Frenchman's ideas and exuberant writing contribute richly to the debate over what to do with a global-market dominated world approaching century's end. And the reader's bonus is a model of love in the next century, a complex and marvelous one."—Washington Times
Boston Book Review

"There are many pleasant surprises among Finkielkraut's short and unusual readings . . . . The adventure is well worth the effort."—Boston Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803269040
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Texts and Contexts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
153
Product dimensions:
4.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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