By linking priestly Judaism and the psychology of ressentiment , Nietzsche locates his criticism of historical Judaism at a focal juncture of his philosophy. His attack on the Jewish priests provides the genealogical base for his critique of the Christian component in Western culture, both in its religious form and in its secularized versions at work in "modern ideas" like liberalism, democracy, and the Enlightenment. It is therefore crucial to Nietzsche's philosophical enterprise as a whole. At the same time, he dis-
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