Banality of Good and Evil Moral Lessons from the Shoah and Jewish Tradition

ISBN-10: 0878407154

ISBN-13: 9780878407156

Edition: 1999

Authors: David R. Blumenthal

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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 4/5/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Foreword
Roadmap
I Knew a Jewish Nazi
Analytic Reprise
Counterpoint
Getting from There to Here
On Matters of Personal Privilege
Counter-text
The Descriptive-Analytic Task
The Field
The Studies
Some Philosophical, Moral-Legal, and Methodological Problems
Toward a Field Theory of That which Facilitates Both Good and Evil
The Art of Moral Living
Counter-text
Hierarchy and Role
Insertion into a Hierarchy Which Does, or Which Tolerates, Evil
Insertion into a Hierarchy Which Does, or Which Tolerates, Good
Role and Rule in Determining Antisocial Action and Responsibility
Role and Rule in Determining Prosocial Action and Responsibility
Summary
Counter-text
Teaching and Praxis
Teaching That Leads to Evil
Teaching That Leads to Good
The Praxis of Evil
The Praxis of Good
Summary
Counter-text
Childhood Discipline and Personality
Insights from the Model of the Abused Child
Insights from the Model of the Authoritarian Personality
Abuse, Authoritarianism, and the Culture of Cruelty
The Prosocial Childhood and the Altruistic Personality
Modeling, Prosocial Discipline, and the Culture of Care
Summary
Counter-text
The Prescriptive-Normative Task
Transition
Recapitulation
God's Grief
Humanity's Response
Co-text
The Affections and Value-Concepts of the Prosocial Life
"Affections"
Eleven Affections of the Prosocial Life
"Value-Concepts"
Twelve Value-Concepts of the Prosocial Life
Weaving the Web: Value-Concepts, Affections, and Teachings
Weaving the Web: Moral Structures and Patterns of Behavior
Co-text
Do This
Pre-text
Religion and the Secular Humanist Tradition
Failure Creates a Problem
Four Very Strong Recommendations for Encouraging Prosocial Attitudes and Behaviors
The Ten Commandments for Resistant and Caring Living
Co-text
The Voice of Jewish Tradition
The Tradition and the Problem
The Tradition and the Social Sciences
Reading Rabbinic Texts
Counter-text
Some Jewish Prosocial Value-Concepts
Tselem (Image)
Brit (Convenant)
Tsedek (Justice)
Hasidut / Hesed (Caring)
Counter-text
Stories of Resistance and Goodness
Resistance to Human Authority
Stories of Goodness
Resisting God
Counter-text
Teachings of Resistance and Goodness
Hokheah Tokhiah (You Shall Surely Reprove Your Acquaintance)
Lo Tisna' (Do Not Hate Your Fellow in Your Heart)
Yetser Tov (Good Impulse) and Yetser ha-Ra' (Evil Impulse)
Kiddush ha-Shem (Martyrdom)
Counter-text
Four Case Studies
'Ein Shaliah le-Dvar 'Avera (Military Disobedience)
Lo Tihye Aharei Rabbim Lera'ot (Judicial Dissent)
Lo Ta'amod (The Obligation to Rescue)
Violence and Nonviolence
Counter-text
Hierarchy, Authority, and Autonomy in Teaching Judaism
Applying the Lessons
Counter-text
Aftermatter
Appendixes
The New Ethical Code of the IDF
The Ten Commandments of the Solomon Schechter Day School Community
The 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action (The Einstein Institute)
Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center)
Six Principles of Nonviolence (The King Center)
List of Prosocial Resources on the Web
Syllabus for "The Problem of Evil"
Social Action Rabbinics Curriculum: Na'aseh ve-Nishma'
Introduction to Holocaust and Human Behavior
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Glossary
Indexes
Subject Index
Source Index
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