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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Blood and memory

Remembrance Sunday was not set up just to fulfil a need avisha the living, or to pass a warning message down the years. A central idea of the ethics of memory is that when radical evil attacks our shared humanity, we ought as human beings to remember the victims.

Davy rated it really liked it Mar 23, Feb 04, Taka rated it it was amazing Shelves: The main unifying theme, as the title signals, is the treatment of memory, individual and collective, as something responsive to ethical evaluation. I’m not sure how successful that is.

Time, Memory, and Cultural Change, ed.

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Will be reading the rest of Margalit’s works for sure. He doesn’t think that memory rhe are inevitable. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


The book’s main idea is that human beings have an ethical obligation to remember past persons and events. And yet he is committed to making sense of avishhai in ways that will make us better. It aggregates the memories of all those people who remember a certain episode which each of them experienced individually. Part of what make it so interesting and wonderful is the endless opportunities for serendipitous discoveries of new books.

Much of the intense current interest in collective memory concerns the politics mzrgalit memory. The desire for posthumous fame seems to me utterly mysterious, as it did to Isaiah Berlin.

Review: The Ethics of Memory by Avishai Margalit | Books | The Guardian

Join Our Mailing List: Morally powerful, deeply learned, and elegantly written, The Ethics of Memory draws on the resources of millennia of Western philosophy and religion to provide us with healing ideas that will engage all of us who care about the nature of our relations to others. Erasure of the Past: I enjoyed this book very much.

But names can seem painfully important. It sounds attractive, but again I don’t think it’s generally true. Lucidly written, accessible, yet erudite, fascinating, and so convincingly argued deserves a much, much wider audience than the Amazon reviews indicate.

Miller – – Journal of Religious Ethics 37 3: Lists with This Book. The Ethics avishaai Memory is highly erratic, but it’s also a lovely and often brilliant book.


To ask other readers questions about The Ethics of Memoryplease sign up. Powered by WP Bannerize. But philosophers switch the terms.

But memorg makes Margalit so difficult to read is his personal usage of concepts and terms that are well known both in ordinary and in philosophical language.

Margalit has an unparalleled fo to write clearly and forcefully about subjects that concern almost everyone, yet about which almost no one can say anything without sounding either banal or sentimental. I would recommend chapter 1 on remembering a name and the role of memory in caringchapter 2 on collective memory and the social obligation etnics remember and chapter 6 on the relationship between forgetting and forgiveness.

But I don’t think the second two are correct as they stand: And it’s certainly not a good motive in fact it’s memoryy terrible motive for behaving in one way rather than another: 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.

These are our thin relations. His subtle, nuanced, and elegant arguments are formed in a synthesis of traditional, British analytic philosophy and a profound sensitivity to the complexities of history and memory.