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The Right to Difference: French Universalism and the Jews

Maurice Samuels


In contemporary French political culture, the guarantee of universal equality and state secularism (or laïcité) is commonly seen as necessitating the elimination of minority difference from the public sphere. This book argues that the universal and the particular have not always been so opposed. Examining how major French thinkers have struggled with the problem of how to integrate Jews into French society from the time of the French Revolution to the present day, the book shows both how a hard-line, assimilationist notion of universalism came to dominate after the Dreyfus Affair, as well as h ... More

Keywords: universalism, Jews, France, minorities, Muslims, assimilation, French Revolution, pluralism, laïcité, French Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226397054
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226399324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurice Samuels, author
Yale University