Ethics after the Holocaust: Perspectives, Critiques and Responses

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Contributions from a 1996 symposium examine moral and ethical implications of the Holocaust and link them to more recent attempts at mass population elimination. Subjects include Emmanuel Levinas and the primacy of ethics in post-Holocaust philosophy, science and the determination of good, and paradigmatic shifts in the ethical interpretation of the Nazi genocide. Authors reflect critically on their colleagues' essays, creating an insightful dialogue. The editor teaches philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557787712
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

John K. Roth is Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College, and the author of Holocaust Politics: Will Genocide Ever End? and Approaches to Auschwitz: The Holocaust and its Legacy.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Ethics after Auschwitz
Ch. 1 Emmanuel Levinas and the Primacy of Ethics in Post-Holocaust Philosophy 1
Ch. 2 Science and the Determination of the Good 49
Ch. 3 The Gray Zone or the Banality of Evil 90
Ch. 4 Nazis, Philosophers, and the Response to the Scandal of Heidegger 148
Ch. 5 The Kafkaesque World of the Holocaust: Paradigmatic Shifts in the Ethical Interpretation of the Nazi Genocide 210
Ch. 6 Returning Home: Reflections on Post-Holocaust Ethics 280
Postscript: Post-Holocaust Ethics and the Future 333
Select Bibliography 339
Index 349
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