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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Ultimately, the book leads avishia the importance of human forgiveness as covering up rather than blotting out. Ultimately, the book leads to the importance of human forgiveness as covering up rather than blo I enjoyed this book very much. At present he seems to be the only person who has elaborated on the idea of an ethics of memory in a more or less methodical way. Michele aavishai it really liked it Aug 22, Jul 29, CM rated it it was ok Shelves: But it seems to me that the desire to be personally remembered reveals a confusion about life, a mistake about its point.

Miller – – Journal of Religious Ethics 37 3: Don’t worry, reader, if you have a lousy memory, because it doesn’t follow memoyr you’re no good at thick relations. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Highly, highly recommended for anyone who’s interested in contemporary philosophy at its best.


I am glad I found this little book as it maralit added clarity to both m Recently I visited Powell’s bookstore in Portland, Oregon.

Avishai Margalit, The Ethics of Memory – PhilPapers

There is no general human truth. First and foremost, I hold the view that history in the sense of historical research and historiography—as any kind of knowledge— grounds the human faculty of memory or recollection. Harvard University Press, But what’s the timescale of remembrance? Thick relations, he argues, are those that we have with family and friends, lovers and neighbors, our memort and our nation—and they are all dependent on shared memories.

The Ethics of Memory Avishai Margalit.

Interviewed after his promotion to colonel, he failed to remember the man’s name. 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. Ethics, in contrast, guides our thick relations. May 10, Dave Peticolas rated it liked it. Published March 15th by Harvard University Press first published Until all those you have known have died?

In my opinion, there is something puzzling regarding the relationships among these three forms of memory, which Margalit introduces in his Ethics. But this time I expect I’m in the minority.

This book is rich and thoughtful but needs to be read in small bursts of concentration.

Yad Vashem, the memorial sanctuary in Jerusalem dedicated to gathering the names of all Jews murdered by the Nazis, is an idea and a reality of enormous power. In David Edgar’s play Pentecost, a group of children are being transported to a concentration camp.


It’s a rich philosophical work that’s actually relevant to all of us—in the way John Gray’s books are—and I’ve learned so much about forgiveness, ethics vs. Part of what make it so interesting and wonderful is the endless opportunities for serendipitous discoveries of new books.

In forming 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. The text suggest that this ethical communal memory can not memofy universalized because it is contingent on the notion of caring. No trivia or quizzes yet. Join Our Mailing Margalti The Ethics of Memory by Avishai Margalit.

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

And what people and what events ought we to remember? Ethcis should create a community that thinks predominantly about the future, not a community that is governed from mass graves.

He’s respectful of religion, and uses many religious scriptural examples, but memody an attempt at a purely humanistic ethics. Danu Poyner rated it really liked it Oct 29,

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