By Hans Koning
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Unless we treat Marx's theory as a Page 5 set of positions taken, as we do with every other political theory, how can we come to terms with it at all? These are serious questions indeedperhaps, too serious. By any chance, might we entertain the possibility of ignoring them? I think there are good reasons for us willingly to suspend our disbelief in the reading we have pursued so far. For one, it is simply not true that we discovered Marx's philosophy of writing in the phrase "I am not a Marxist" alone.
Far easier to endorse the following summary by a sociologist of religion: Marx was not a Jew in any religious, national, or cultural sense. He knew nothing about Judaism and showed no interest in the subject. Nor did he "inherit" any rabbinic or talmudic qualities or properties. 14 What are we to make of these objections? "15 I shall not attempt it Page 9 here, even though I believe (and will show in chapter 1) that the "irrelevance" argument is much overstated. Instead of tracing influence, I will outline the structural affinities between Marx's thought and the worldview of the Jewish tradition.
4dc2090-24603 CIP British Library Cataloguing in Publication data are available. An earlier version of chapter 1 appeared as "The Jewish Question about Marx," in Polity 21, no. 4 (Summer 1989). Page v Contents Acknowledgments vii Introduction 3 1 Four Jewish Questions about Marx 12 2 The Power of the Tongue 34 3 Greek and Hebrew in Marx's Ontology 53 4 Reading and Writing Marx 69 5 Alienation as Exile 92 Conclusion: Political Discourse in Exile 109 Notes 121 Bibliography 137 Index 143 Page vii Acknowledgments It was almost purely a matter of chance that I began my graduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in September 1981.
Columbus: His Enterprise: Exploding the Myth by Hans Koning