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Not perceptible to the touch, that cannot be felt; 2. too slight or subtle to be grasped easily by the mind; inappreciable' (p. 727). 5. I. Schorsch, 'The Holocaust and Human Survival', Midstream 17/1 (January, 1981), p. 39. 52 A Traditional Quest agenda, no matter how virtuous, is to confuse scholarship and homiletics, the often lonely search for truth with the altogether different effort to build practical coalitions or to win popularity contests. Even if the claim of incommensurability makes enemies, which if properly understood it should not, this conclusion is neither to be avoided nor denied.

Roy Eckardt and Alice Eckardt, to a degree Jurgen Moltmann, Franklin Littell, Franklin Sherman, Paul Van KATZ Defining the Uniqueness of the Holocaust 43 Buren, Karl Thieme, Clemens Thoma, and to some degree John Pawlikowski, as well as the theological conservatives, for example, Eliezer Berkovitz, Jacob Neusner, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and on the Christian side, for example, the Protestant Karl Barth, and the Catholic theologians D. Judant and Charles Journet, have all run ahead of the available evidence and the extant philosophical-theological argumentation to posit conclusions that are not epistemically or intellectually persuasive.

In this connection it is also required, especially given the prominence of his work,1 to reject the criticism of Irving Louis Horowitz. 2 Contra Horowitz, however, it is an error to equate uniqueness with numbers. That is, the defense of singularity is unrelated to 'moral bookkeeping'. The two determinate categories that Horowitz erroneously equates, 'moral bookkeeping' and 'claims for exclusiveness', are in actuality distinct and can, and ought, to be separated. An admirable and supportable desire to empathize with all victims of oppression does not justify a fallacious argument.

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