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The Ethics of Memory- Avishai Margalit

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Title: The Ethics of Memory

ISBN : 067400941X
Author : Avishai Margalit
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Media : Hardcover
SKU MIX31-U31-32B-ACY1-43535

 

 
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From Publishers Weekly&newline;&newline;Plato taught that the search for knowledge is tied up with memory, the effort to recall something we collectively knew. Freud took memory even further, positing that repressed memories are the key to shaping us as individuals and as a society. Margalit, a professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and author of The Decent Society, takes up these issues in respect to an idea of communal memory. Acknowledging that historical religions &doublequote;can make a bid on moral memory,&doublequote; he instead poses a question: &doublequote;Is there an ethics of memory?&doublequote; His answer is a qualified yes, but it's the exegesis that is most compelling. Discussing memory's relation to emotions, morality, ethics and forgiveness, Margalit reads the Bible, writers (such as Wordsworth, Edward Albee and E.M. Forster), myths and other philosophers (Kant and Max Weber) in order to make his finely nuanced argument. &newline;Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.&newline;&newline;&newline;From Library Journal&newline;&newline;Margalit (philosophy, Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem) maintains that people sometimes have ethical obligations to remember past persons and events, but he is anxious to guard his own thesis from over-expansion. He distinguishes his position from religious doctrines that are bound up with the past, holding that an ethics of memory has secular sense. Further, he does not support traditionalism, that is, the retention of past institutions as a value in itself. He also warns of &doublequote;moralism,&doublequote; by which he means &doublequote;the disposition to cast judgments of a moral kind on what is unsuitable to be so judged.&doublequote; To counter moralism, he distinguishes between ethics and morality. The former deals with our relations to those with whom we have special ties; the latter, our obligations to humanity as a whole. Margalit maintains that we have ethical obligations to remember particular people and, more controversially, that a community can have, and ought to have, collective memories. The stricter obligations of morality involve issues of memory only in unusual circumstances. We are, for instance, obligated to remember the evils of the Nazis, since they endeavored to undermine morality altogether. This illuminating study is highly recommended. David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., OH&newline;Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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