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. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Margalit, Avishai, –. The ethics of memory / Avishai Margalit. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. Preview. I would like to present the idea of an Ethics of Memory and how the Israeli philosopher Avishai Margalit dealt with it in his book The Ethics of Memory .

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While Margalit is certainly writing from the vantage point of a philosopher, this book is very accessible to a more general audience, and has much to interest all those that ethcs sometimes reflective about the past and its import for the present and future. Well written, and something new to think about. I would like to present the idea of an Ethics of Memroy and how the Israeli philosopher Avishai Margalit dealt with it in his book The Ethics of Memory [1]. Nothing to do with memory. The Ethics of Memory Avishai Margalit.

Lucidly written, accessible, yet erudite, fascinating, and zvishai convincingly argued deserves a much, much wider audience than the Amazon reviews indicate.


Ethics, in contrast, guides our thick relations.

Avishai Margalit’s Idea of an Ethics of Memory and its Relevance for a Pluralistic Europe

Such a comparison has to focus both on differences and similarities, avoiding unacceptable equations and the setting off of crimes and experiences against each other. In og a universal moral as opposed to ethical community, humanity, at large, becomes capable of remembering moral atrocities such as the radical evils and crimes committed by the Nazis. Therefore, in my transdisciplinary study I intend to conceptualize the notion of memory work, raising the question of its specific relevance for history with particular respect to its political and ethical dimension.

To ask other readers questions about The Eethics of Memoryplease sign up. Open Preview See a Problem? Powered by WP Bannerize. We should create a community that thinks predominantly about the future, not a community that is governed from mass graves.

Packed in a cattle truck and starving, they are reduced to eating the cardboard nametags tied round their necks. Want to Read saving…. 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.

Uttl – – Consciousness and Cognition 10 4: The book’s main idea is that human beings have an ethical obligation to remember past persons and events. It depends what kind of person you are.

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Adam Dupaski rated it liked it Jul 04, The Ethics of Memory is highly erratic, but it’s kf a lovely and often brilliant book. The Ethics of Memory. Much of the intense current interest in collective memory concerns the politics aviahai memory.


But how to turn a process of negotiation and deliberation into a real process of understanding is not obvious. Highly, highly recommended for anyone who’s interested in contemporary philosophy at its best. I agree with the radical Earl of Shaftesbury: Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. There is nothing like it in literature.

And it’s certainly not a good motive in fact it’s a terrible motive for behaving in one way rather than another: Why wasn’t the ehhics of this fallen soldier scorched on his commander’s heart? From my point of view, it is rather a common vision.

There are a number of politicians and intellectuals, historians as well as artists and writers, who pursue and represent a variety of differing political and cultural conceptions of Europe, negotiating and deliberating on a European culture of remembrance and commemoration.

It bothers me when I see 18th-century gravestones in churchyards pulled up and turned into pathways or decoration, because I don’t think that’s what their owners wanted.