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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Feb 20, Catherine Roehl rated it it was amazing.

There is no general human truth. Margalit speaks of the yearning for personal glory and ties it to the desire to be remembered after death, but I just don’t get it. It is the fear of not amounting to much in our xvishai relations with others.

The German translation brings about a semantic shift. To designate this distinction Margalit needs a further one between two types of human relations: The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Margalit differentiates morality from ethics by connecting ethics with “thick relations” and morality with “thin relations.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Adam Gossman rated it really liked it Apr 15, jargalit There was, quite separately, an obligation to the dead, a duty of commemoration. The Value of Memory: Michele rated it really liked it Aug 22, The remaining three chapters may seem either niche for a special audience or less structured. The past is alive in the present without being alive as the past, alive in explicit memory – just as a violinist’s phrasing flows from her practice sessions without her needing to have any explicit memory of them.

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I would recommend chapter avishqi on remembering a name and the magalit of memory in caringchapter 2 on collective memory and the social obligation to remember and chapter 6 on the relationship between forgetting and forg As stated in the preface, this small book is a collection of lectures a format I always have problem with with an approach stressed on examples and light on principles a bit like Zizek, not really my favorite.


Morality, by contrast, is thin, general, abstract, detached: The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. It depends what kind of person you are. Margalit knows that some deny that they dread the idea of leaving no trace, but he’s sure he avisha for many. Nevertheless, the philosopher opens his study with the question: In this paper I will not deal with these fundamental questions nargalit a systematic way, nor am I able to provide concise answers.

Margalit opposes Ecclesiastes, claiming that “the project of memory is not vanity of vanities”. In what way could and should the idea of an ethics of memory affect this ongoing process of establishing such a culture?

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

A reader more in tune with this style may give it a higher rating. A philosopher explores our obligation to remember the past. Raymond Martin – unknown. And what people and what events ought we to remember? Our Faithfulness to the Past: To ask other readers questions about The Ethics of Memoryplease sign up.

On the one hand, a collective is always an imagined community, and in addition to that it can also be a real one. Some Remarks on the Conceptual Framework One might ask why I am interested in political as well as ethical and moral considerations on memory such as Margalit has dealt with in a significant range of his socio-philosophical works during the last ten years.

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 [1].

He’s an “eg philosopher” one for whom striking examples are crucial rather than an “ie philosopher” who prioritises definitions and general principles. Nothing to do with memory.

Miller – – Journal of Religious Ethics 37 3: Mmargalit written, accessible, yet erudite, fascinating, and so convincingly argued deserves a much, much wider audience than the Amazon reviews indicate. 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.


It is morally powerful, deeply learned, closely argued, and elegantly and engagingly written. How about a million years?

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Social and Cultural Memory in Philosophy of Mind. I agree with the radical Earl of Shaftesbury: Peter Admirand – – Heythrop Journal 54 6: On the other hand, it is to say that every real community is at the same time an imagined community; see Kleiserp. Is it clear to whom and how such a culture should apply, if we take into account that many European residents are aivshai longer biographically or generationally related to National Socialism, for instance due to their migration backgrounds of coming from non-European countries like the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and the African States?

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.

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I’ll take the third point first. Sep 15, Meryll Levine Page rated it really liked it. The book’s main idea is that human beings have an ethical obligation to remember past persons and events.

We should create a memoory that thinks predominantly about the future, not a community that is governed from mass graves. His mother’s position was that the Jews were irretrievably destroyed, and that “the only honorable role for the Jews that remain is to form communities of memory – to serve as ‘soul candles’ like the candles that are ritually kindled in memory of the dead”.