Karl Popper on Jewish nationalism and cosmopolitanism

Naraniecki, Alexander 2012, Karl Popper on Jewish nationalism and cosmopolitanism, European legacy : toward new paradigms, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 623-637.

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Title Karl Popper on Jewish nationalism and cosmopolitanism
Author(s) Naraniecki, Alexander
Journal name European legacy : toward new paradigms
Volume number 17
Issue number 5
Start page 623
End page 637
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012-08-05
ISSN 1084-8770
1470-1316
Keyword(s) Popper
Zionism
nationalism
cosmopolitanism
Summary This paper re-contextualizes Karl Popper’s thought within the anti-nationalist cosmopolitan tradition of the Central European intelligentsia. It argues that, although Popper was brought up in an assimilated Jewish Viennese household, from the perspective of the Jewish Enlightenment or Haskalah tradition, he can be seen to be a modern day heterodox Maskil (scholar). Popper’s ever present fear of anti-Semitism and his refusal to see Judaism as compatible with cosmopolitanism raise important questions as to the realisable limits of the cosmopolitan ideal. His inability to integrate an understanding of Jewishness in his cosmopolitan political ideal resulted in his strong opposition to Zionism and the state of Israel. By comparing Popper’s positions with those of Hermann Cohen, another neo-Kantian philosopher, I argue that although their solutions fall short in certain respects, their arguments have continuing purchase in recent debates on cosmopolitanism and the problem of the integration of minority groups. In addition, the arguments of the Jewish Enlightenment thinkers offer important insights for the current debates on minority integration and xenophobia.
Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046822

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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