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Jürgen Habermas and the European left
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

kept his eye on. Perhaps this explains his ‘fright’ when he was personally confronted with concerns about a new antisemitism coming not from the right but from the left. He recommended for publication a book by a Marxist philosopher who drew certain conclusions about the conflict in Israel-Palestine that Habermas did not share: notably in his failure to ‘distinguish political evaluation of Palestinian terrorism from the moral justification of it’. 50 Habermas

in Antisemitism and the left
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

weight to an argument, whether or not there is an actual relation between what is claimed to be morally right and what is legally right according to the norms of international law. Fourth, humanitarian and human rights law form a complex array of norms, and different parties tend to pick and choose those aspects that favour their interests or convictions. One side may be well disposed to those elements of international law that outlaw terrorism but not those that relate to the

in Antisemitism and the left
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Uses and critiques of ‘civilisation’
Jeremy C.A. Smith

occurrence of isolated societies is less common than is often believed. In a contemporary world context of tensions and conflicts (whether of global inequalities, poverty and increasing ecological calamities, or around violence, war and terrorism), an argument that there is a profusion of webs of social cooperation evident in past societies need not be an indulgence in the innocent pastime of historical curiosity. Instead, it can be a potent argument about a diverse range of social formations and what their connections and conflicts suggest about how to confront the

in Debating civilisations
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Rodney Barker

.html (accessed 16 March 2012). 42 Marcel Berlins, ‘When a slogan equals terrorism’, Guardian , 3 October 2005, (accessed 16 March 2012). 43 Styles, The Dress of the People

in Cultivating political and public identity