Written by a n-Jewish analytic philosopher, this book addresses the issue of whether, and to what extent, current opposition to Israel on the liberal-left embodies anti-Semitic stances. It argues that the dominant climate of liberal opinion disseminates, however inadvertently, a range of anti-Semitic assertions and motifs of the most traditional kind. It advocates a return to an unrestricted anti-racism which would allow liberals to defend Palestinian interests without demonizing Jews.
Bernard Harrison taught for twenty-nine years at the University of Sussex, successively as lecturer, Reader, and Professor of Philosophy, before moving in 1992 to the E.E. Ericksen Chair of Philosophy at the University of Utah, where he remains an Emeritus Professor. He has also taught or held research posts at the Universities of Michigan, Toronto, Cincinnati and Western Australia, and at the Australian national University. He is the author of seven books and more than fifty papers in journals and anthologies. His interests range from the philosophy of language, ethics, and the interpretation of Wittgenstein, to philosophy and literature. His recent books include Inconvenient Fictions: Literature and the Limits of Theory (Yale University Press, 1991) and Word and World: Practice and the Foundations of Language (with Patricia Hanna: Cambridge University Press, 2004).