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Radikaler Universalismus

Radical Universalism. Beyond Identity

Omri Boehm

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About the book

The question of identity has occupied the entire political spectrum. Meanwhile, universalism has shrunk to an empty shell. In his book, Omri Boehm looks for a way out of the deadlocked debate.

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The idea of universally applicable foundations for human coexistence seems to have deteriorated. Hostile discourse camps accuse each other of exaggerating specific interests and their conceptions of identity. With his invitation to rethink basic universalist concepts, Omri Boehm disrupts these debates. His book makes demands; it does not cosy up. It takes us back to figures like Job, Kant and Martin Luther King, drawing connections between biblical stories and contemporary controversies. It invites us to distance ourselves from contemporary debates by questioning the differences between interests and feelings, means and ends, and even value and dignity. Here, political philosophy encounters the present – with the stimulating presumption that divisible basic principles can be understood as being more than just an expression of conformity and consensus.

Omri Boehm

Omri Boehm, born in 1979, is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. An Israeli and German citizen, he has conducted research in Munich and Berlin, among other places. His book “Kant’s Critique of Spinoza” was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. He writes about Israel, politics and philosophy in Haaretz, Die ZEIT and The New York Times, among other outlets.


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