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Role And Impact Of Intellectual Factor In The 18th-20th Centuries' European Conception Of 'Jews As Jews': A Revisitation, Rabson Wuriga Mar 2009

Role And Impact Of Intellectual Factor In The 18th-20th Centuries' European Conception Of 'Jews As Jews': A Revisitation, Rabson Wuriga

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

The paper advances an argument that European intellectual community played a role that influenced attitudes and policies of anti-Semitic conception of Jews as Jews. It goes on to explore various ideas propounded by some famous thinkers and scientists that dominated the 18th-20th centuries Europe: such as classification of races, systematic and mathematical order of things, rights of man, categorization of races, autonomous reason, metaphysics of eating, etc. The paper also argues that European conception of Jews exerted pressure intended to cause assimilation of Jews into host-nations. Consequently, European Jewry conceded to this pressure and was imbibed into European racial fantasies ...