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Hand of Compassion Portraits of Moral Choice During the Holocaust

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ISBN-10: 1400849578

ISBN-13: 9781400849574

Edition: 2004 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)

Authors: Kristen Renwick Monroe

List price: $97.50
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Through moving interviews with five ordinary people who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, Kristen Monroe casts new light on a question at the heart of ethics: Why do people risk their lives for strangers and what drives such moral choice? Monroe's analysis points not to traditional explanations--such as religion or reason--but to identity. The rescuers' perceptions of themselves in relation to others made their extraordinary acts spontaneous and left the rescuers no choice but to act. To turn away Jews was, for them, literally unimaginable. In the words of one German Czech rescuer, "The hand of compassion was faster than the calculus of reason."At the heart of this unusual book are…    
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Book details

List price: $97.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Pages: 384
Language: English

Kristen Renwick Monroe is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and Founder of the University of California-Irvine Ethics Center. She has published thirteen books, including the award-winning Heart of Altruism: Perceptions of a Common Humanity (1996) and The Hand of Compassion: Portraits of Moral Choice During the Holocaust (2004). The 2010 recipient of the Silverman Prize for outstanding work in ethics, Monroe also received the American Political Science Association's Pool Award and its Goodnow Award in 2010. She has served as President of the International Society of Political Psychology and Vice President of the APSA.