Robert Zaretsky uses the recent polemic between Alain Finkielkraut on one side and Alain Badiou and Eric Hazan on the other as an occasion to revisit the history of French intellectual constructions of anti-Semitism. I use the word "constructions" deliberately, because the relation of these evolving polemics to the underlying reality is an elusive and much-debated topic. Those who have followed this story over the years won't learn anything new from Zaretsky's essay, but to those who haven't, this is a valuable recap and introduction.
Here's the TV debate to which Zaretsky refers:
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
MYOS sends the following alarming bit of news: