Ethics of Memory

ISBN-10: 0674013786

ISBN-13: 9780674013780

Edition: 2002

Authors: Avishai Margalit

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Much of the intense current interest in collective memory concerns the politics of memory. In a book that asks, "Is there an ethics of memory?" Avishai Margalit addresses a separate, perhaps more pressing, set of concerns. The idea he pursues is that the past, connecting people to each other, makes possible the kinds of "thick" relations we can call truly ethical. Thick relations, he argues, are those that we have with family and friends, lovers and neighbors, our tribe and our nation--and they are all dependent on shared memories. But we also have "thin" relations with total strangers, people with whom we have nothing in common except our common humanity. A central idea of the ethics of memory is that when radical evil attacks our shared humanity, we ought as human beings to remember the victims. Margalit's work offers a philosophy for our time, when, in the wake of overwhelming atrocities, memory can seem more crippling than liberating, a force more for revenge than for reconciliation. Morally powerful, deeply learned, and elegantly written, The Ethics of Memory draws on the resources of millennia of Western philosophy and religion to provide us with healing ideas that will engage all of us who care about the nature of our relations to others.
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Avishai Margalit's most recent book (with Ian Buruma) is "Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies" (Penguin). His other books include "The Ethics of Memory" and "The Decent Society". A professor emeritus of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Margalit is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Preface
Intensive Care
Past Continuous
The Kernel
Emotions Recollected
A Moral Witness
Forgiving and Forgetting
Notes
Index
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