AVISHAI MARGALIT THE ETHICS OF MEMORY PDF

He was educated in Jerusalem and did his army service in the airborne Nahal. In he started his studies at the Hebrew University, majoring in philosophy and economics. He earned his B. During his years of study he worked as an instructor in a youth village, working with immigrant children who arrived with the mass wave of immigration in the s. Thanks to a British Council scholarship he went to Queens College in Oxford University , where he stayed from to

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Part of what make it so interesting and wonderful is the endless opportunities for serendipitous discoveries of new books. The Ethics of Memory was one such serendipitous discovery as I trawled through the expansive philosophy section. 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. In particular, as the title alludes, the book is focused on the ethics of memory and centers on the questions: Is there an ethics of memory, and if so what does it consist in?

Do we have obligations to remember certain things? Do we have an obligation to forget certain things? 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 are sometimes reflective about the past and its import for the present and future.

If you are looking for a modern book of moral philosophy that is relevant, clear, engaging and well written this book is for you. Margalit differentiates morality from ethics by connecting ethics with "thick relations" and morality with "thin relations.

Ultimately, the book leads to the importance of human forgiveness as covering up rather than I enjoyed this book very much. Ultimately, the book leads to the importance of human forgiveness as covering up rather than blotting out.

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Avishai Margalit takes up the question in memory of his parents, who both lost huge families in the Nazi Holocaust, but had very different views on how to cope. His father disagreed: "We, the remaining Jews, are not candles. We should create a community that thinks predominantly about the future, not a community that is governed from mass graves. Margalit begins his book with the story of a colonel in the Israeli army who, as a junior officer in command of a small unit, lost one of his men to friendly fire. There was a flood of outrage. Memory of the name is not essential, as Margalit says. It is enough that the colonel remembers the man.

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Part of what make it so interesting and wonderful is the endless opportunities for serendipitous discoveries of new books. The Ethics of Memory was one such serendipitous discovery as I trawled through the expansive philosophy section. 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. In particular, as the title alludes, the book is focused on the ethics of memory and centers on the questions: Is there an ethics of memory, and if so what does it consist in? Do we have obligations to remember certain things? Do we have an obligation to forget certain things?

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