Renan versus Gobineau: Semitism and Antisemitism, Ancient Races and Modern Liberal Nations

@article{Rose2013RenanVG,
  title={Renan versus Gobineau: Semitism and Antisemitism, Ancient Races and Modern Liberal Nations},
  author={P. Rose},
  journal={History of European Ideas},
  year={2013},
  volume={39},
  pages={528 - 540}
}
  • P. Rose
  • Published 10 May 2013
  • Philosophy
  • History of European Ideas
Summary Despite his repudiation of antisemitism, Renan influenced the development of antisemitic ideologies in both France and Germany. His typology of ‘Semite’ and ‘Aryan’ was adopted especially in Germany and and combined with biological concepts of race to become the foundation of the concepts of ‘Semitism’ and ‘Antisemitism’. Renan, however, always insisted on a linguistic/cultural definition of race and regarded the biological conception, while it might have had some primitive reality, as… Expand
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