Journal Article — Role and Impact of Intellectual Factor in the 18th-20th Centuries’ European Conception of ‘Jews as Jews’: A Revisitation — by Rabson Wuriga

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The paper advances an argument that European intellectual community played a role that influenced attitudes and policies of anti-Semitic conception of Jews as Jews. It goes on to explore various ideas propounded by some famous thinkers and scientists that dominated the 18th-20th centuries Europe: such as classification of races, systematic and mathematical order of things, rights of man, categorization of races, autonomous reason, metaphysics of eating, etc. The paper also argues that European conception of Jews exerted pressure intended to cause assimilation of Jews into host-nations. Consequently, European Jewry conceded to this pressure and was imbibed into European racial fantasies on matters of colour and/or race. Such concession to this pressure led to situations whereby many Jewish benefitted from race categorization as white than non-white races — as a result they were caught up in acts of racism and Semitic anti-Semitism.

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Wuriga, Rabson. 2009. “Role and Impact of Intellectual Factor in the 18th-20th Centuries’ European Conception of ‘Jews as Jews’: A Revisitation.” Pp. 53-68 in Historicizing Anti-Semitism (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume VII, Issue 2, 2009.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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