A Just Zionism
On the Morality of the Jewish State
By (author) Chaim Gans
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Just Zionism by Chaim Gans
Book DescriptionFor over half a century, the legitimacy of Israel's existence has been questioned, and Zionism has been the subject of an immense array of objections and criticism. Here, Chaim Gans considers the objections and presents an in-depth philosophical analysis of the justice of Zionsim as realized by the state of Israel. Today, alongside a violent Middle Eastern anti-Semitism that refuses to accept Israel's existence, there are two academically respectable arguments for the injustice of Zionism that dominate: it is an exclusivist ethnocultural nationalism out of step with current visions of multicultural nationhood, and the Jewish right of return unfairly stigmatizes non-Jews on ethnocultural grounds. While many therefore claim that Zionism is on balance an unjust political philosophy, Chaim Gans seeks out a more nuanced ground to explain why Zionism, despite its manifest flaws, is just. Its flaws stem from the current situation, where exigencies have distorted its application, and from historical forces that have ended up favoring the notion of Jewish hegemony. For Gans, the justice of Zionism is not a black and white proposition. Rather, it's a project in need of repair, which it can do by reconceptualizing Jews' relationship with the Palestinian population and by adhering to a significantly more limited version of Jewish hegemony. Ultimately, A Just Zionism offers a concrete, historically and geographically rooted investigation of the limits of contemporary nationalism in one of the world's most fraught cases.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195340686
(240mm x 163mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Chaim Gans
Political Theory for the Jewish People, Hardback (February 2016)
Chaim Gans's A Political Theory for the Jewish People examines the two dominant interpretations of Zionism, contrasts them with post-Zionist alternatives, and develops a third model. Along with exploring the historiographic, philosophical and moral foundations of each of these approaches.
Just Zionism, Paperback (August 2011)
The legitimacy of the Zionist project-establishing a Jewish homeland in Palestine-has been questioned since its inception. In recent years, the voices challenging the legitimacy of the State of Israel have become even louder. Chaim Gans examines these doubts and presents an in-depth, evenhanded philosophical analysis of the justice of Zionism.
Philosophical Anarchism and Political Disobedience, Paperback (December 2009)
This book examines the central questions concerning the duty to obey the law: its meaning, its grounds, and its limits.
Limits of Nationalism, Paperback (February 2003)» View all books by Chaim Gans
A radical new perspective on the demands made in the name of cultural nationalism.
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Author Biography - Chaim Gans
Chaim Gans lives in Tel Aviv. He studied law and philosophy at the Hebrew University and at Tel Aviv University and completed his D.Phil. at Oxford University. He teaches legal, moral, and political philosophy at the Faculty of Law of Tel Aviv University. His research and publications are mainly in political philosophy with special attention to the philosophical analysis of issues related to public affairs.
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