“In many cases, positions that are attributed to Marx are not his positions.”
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Despite its origins in the work of the Jewish Karl Marx, communism never served the Jewish people particularly well.
Raoul Peck’s latest film, “The Young Karl Marx,” is a story of clashing ideas.
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Raoul Peck, director of “I Am Not Your Negro,” also recently released a film about the young Karl Marx.
The Holocaust was the result of much more than anti-Semitism. Historian Gotz Aly argues that it had its roots in German insecurity and envy.
Author-economist Thomas Piketty speaking at University of California-Berkeley, April 23, 2014 / Getty Images
The German Jewish philosopher Ernst Bloch (1885–1977), not to be confused with the Swiss Jewish composer Ernest Bloch, is still remembered for such landmark books as “The Spirit of Utopia,” “The Principle of Hope,” and “The Utopian Function of Art and Literature: Selected Essays.”
French Jewish philosopher Élisabeth de Fontenay has published books on Jewish themes, such as 1973’s “The Jewish Faces of Karl Marx” (Les figures juives de Marx) from Les editions Galilée, and on animal rights, such as 1998’s philosophical inquiry “The Silence of Animals” from Les éditions Fayard or 2008’s “Without Offending Mankind” from Les éditions Albin Michel. In March though, Les éditions du Seuil published Fontenay’s “Birth Certificates” (Actes de naissance) a book of conversations with journalist Stéphane Bou, which addresses both themes.