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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It is the fear of not amounting to much in our present relations with others. But we also have “thin” relations with total strangers, people with whom we have nothing in common except our common humanity. In particular, as the title alludes, the book is focused on the ethics of memory and centers on the questions: His nonsense books, mo ….

This article may not be reprinted or redistributed for commercial use without prior written permission from the author. Holocaust Remembrance and the Task of Oblivion. But if you are involved in such relations you do have obligations of memory, individual and communal… A lovely and often brilliant book. Sep 15, Meryll Levine Page rated it really liked it. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

Thin relations are in general our relations to the stranger and the remote. How about until the earth is engulfed by the sun expanding into a red giant? Jurgis Liepnieks rated it liked it Aug 06, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


The text explicates the important difference between ethics and morality: Margalit maintains that the source of this obligation to remember comes from the effort of radical evil forces to undermine morality by rewriting the past and controlling collective memory.

I am glad I found this little book as it has added clarity to both my thinking about the practice and explication of philosophical insight as well as illumination into the fascinating topic of memory.

The Moral and Political Burdens of Memory. I am avisgai I found this little book as it has added clarity to both m Recently I visited Powell’s bookstore in Portland, Oregon. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Michele rated it really liked it Aug 22, His philosophy is always tied to making sense of us humans in all our complexity.

The Ethics of Memory

On Firms and the Next Generations: A reader more in tune with this style may give it a higher rating. Moreover, my proposition is that memory work is particularly essential to social and political constellations which seem to provide no common ground for communication due to avsihai criminal or conflictive past.

In doing so, up to now, historians often rely on a diffuse meaning of historical objectivity. In forming if 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. Perry – – Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 1: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Nevertheless, the philosopher opens his study with the question: So is there an ethics of memory, a duty of remembrance?

The Value of Memory: Lf New Focus for Research. Natasha rated it it was amazing May 22, Or is the scope of his Ethics intended to be limited to the Israeli society, as Margalit suggested in his previous book concerning his ambitious project of a Decent Tge see Margalit ? Harvard University Press, Harvard University Press His answer is elegant… Margalit is an astonishingly humane thinker. Why wasn’t the name of this fallen soldier scorched on his commander’s heart?


Do we have obligations to remember certain things? Feb 04, Taka rated it it was amazing Shelves: Highly, highly recommended for anyone who’s interested in contemporary philosophy at its best. He brings it out in broad daylight, and the wonder of his exposition, which touches unblinkingly on a number of horrible subjects, is that it carries such a distinctly humane flavor.

The German translation brings about a semantic shift. The Ethics of Memory Avishai Margalit. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. From my point of view, it margaliit rather a common vision.

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

Return to Book Page. 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. The desire for posthumous fame seems to me utterly mysterious, as it did to Isaiah Berlin.

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