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Moses Mendelssohn (17291786) used to be the most excellent Jewish philosopher of his day and one of many best-known figures of the German Enlightenment, incomes the sobriquet the Socrates of Berlin’. He used to be completely focused on the significant factor of Enlightenment spiritual considering: the inevitable clash among cause and revelation in an age contending with person rights and non secular toleration.
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Activists who attacked Hitler without simultaneously attacking Stalin were vilified by conservative critics as Communists, Communist dupes, or, at best, naïve liberal dupes. By the early 1950s, “liberal Hollywood” was seen by many citizens as a danger to American security—a sin many liberals paid for by being blacklisted. The persecution of Hollywood activists after the war provided an important warning: Americans did not want their fantasies punctured by screen idols who took controversial political stands.
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Heinze properly respected within the Western canon. By the 1960s a new generation of American literary critics had emerged, one that contained a disproportion of Jewish scholars far beyond that found in other fields of the Humanities. We can get a quick idea of this intellectual trend by comparing two reference volumes: “Modern American Critics, 1920–1955” and “Modern American Critics Since 1955” in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. 6 There is no Least Common Denominator among contemporary American Jewish literary critics, but I think it bears mentioning that they include, in Harold Bloom, E.