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J. Kameron Carter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152791.001.0001

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 The Great Drama of Religion

 The Great Drama of Religion

Modernity, the Jews, and the Theopolitics of Race

(p.79) 2 The Great Drama of Religion

J. Kameron Carter (Contributor Webpage)

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Completing the theological account of modernity and of the modern problem of race begun in the prior chapter, this chapter analyzes the thought of the Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant. It argues that Kant's thought is illustrative of the problem of modernity, how the logic of race that animates it and the deeper anxiety regarding Jewish existence that is embedded within its racial logic point to the more fundamental problem: the problem of whiteness as a problem that draws on Christian theological ideas and themes to constitute itself. Stated differently, the chapter probes whiteness as a theological problem built on Christian supersessionism or the quest to overcome Jewish existence; this is an integral part of the effort to produce Christianity as the supreme, rational religion and as the basis of cosmopolitan culture and society.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, modernity, race, whiteness, Christian supersessionism, Jewish, Jewish existence, cosmopolitan society, rational religion

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