Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide: Identity and Moral Choice

Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide: Identity and Moral Choice

by Kristen Renwick Monroe
     
 

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"Readers acquainted with Monroe's earlier works on the Holocaust and its implications will find this a fruitful extension into genocide and related horrors. New readers will find all the background they need and be amazed at the depth of her analysis for the array of personal responses to evil."—Thomas C. Schelling, Nobel Laureate in

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"Readers acquainted with Monroe's earlier works on the Holocaust and its implications will find this a fruitful extension into genocide and related horrors. New readers will find all the background they need and be amazed at the depth of her analysis for the array of personal responses to evil."—Thomas C. Schelling, Nobel Laureate in Economics

Monroe's previous work explored the political psychology of altruism and her analysis was grounded in a treasure trove of interviews with persons who did or did not assist victims of the Holocaust. In this culminating book she extends the project, skillfully using rich and humanly affecting interviews to develop an empirically based theory of moral choice."—Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, University of Chicago

"This is an excellent, compelling, and persuasive book. The interviews, in particular, constitute a priceless resource and are a phenomenal contribution to our understanding of individual variance, societal pressure, and the tremendous burden of fully accepting freedom in moral choice. A tour de force."—Rose McDermott, Brown University

"I love Monroe's writing. With broad intellectual sweep, she draws on moral philosophy, brain imaging studies, psychology (evolutionary, developmental, and social), and more, to make sense of her interviews with rescuers, bystanders, and Nazis. Monroe profoundly cares about the horror of genocide and shows how a few acquire the ethics to resist while most do not. There are few topics as important as this one."—Sam McFarland, Western Kentucky University

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Editorial Reviews

Perspectives on Politics - Kristina E. Thalhammer
Monroe challenges us to consider the role of identity in decision-making and to ask why some people are able to resist pressures to dehumanize others. Her work promises to help us better understand whether the roots of pro-social behavior can be expanded. Such contributions are important in any era in which terror and genocide exist.
Perspectives on Politics - Lee Ann Fujii
Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide is the culmination of Kristen Monroe's twenty years of work on altruism and moral choice. The book is magisterial in scope. Its goals are ambitious, its methods innovative, and its results provocative.
PsycCRITIQUES - Thomas J. Williams
Monroe leverages her keen insights to help us better understand human nature and then instructs us on how it is displayed in the various actions of others. . . . Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide makes a scholarly contribution with a great deal of thought-provoking material that should cause readers to reflect on and better understand the forces that operate to promote good or evil in the world.
Holocaust and Genocide Studies - John Kelsay
Interesting and ambitious, this book is recommended for use in graduate courses. Some of the case studies may also be used in undergraduate teaching. It deserves wide discussion among scholars interested in ethics. At Florida State, I convene a reading group of graduate students and faculty interested in the intersections of religion, ethics, and philosophy. I plan to assign this study when we meet next fall.
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Winner of the 2013 Giovanni Sartori Best Book Award, Qualitative Methods Section of the American Political Science Association

Honorable Mention for the 2013 Robert L. Jervis and Paul Schroeder Best Book Award, International History and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association

"Monroe challenges us to consider the role of identity in decision-making and to ask why some people are able to resist pressures to dehumanize others. Her work promises to help us better understand whether the roots of pro-social behavior can be expanded. Such contributions are important in any era in which terror and genocide exist."—Kristina E. Thalhammer, Perspectives on Politics

"Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide is the culmination of Kristen Monroe's twenty years of work on altruism and moral choice. The book is magisterial in scope. Its goals are ambitious, its methods innovative, and its results provocative."—Lee Ann Fujii, Perspectives on Politics

"Monroe leverages her keen insights to help us better understand human nature and then instructs us on how it is displayed in the various actions of others. . . . Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide makes a scholarly contribution with a great deal of thought-provoking material that should cause readers to reflect on and better understand the forces that operate to promote good or evil in the world."—Thomas J. Williams, PsycCRITIQUES

"Interesting and ambitious, this book is recommended for use in graduate courses. Some of the case studies may also be used in undergraduate teaching. It deserves wide discussion among scholars interested in ethics. At Florida State, I convene a reading group of graduate students and faculty interested in the intersections of religion, ethics, and philosophy. I plan to assign this study when we meet next fall."—John Kelsay, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Perspectives on Politics
Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide is the culmination of Kristen Monroe's twenty years of work on altruism and moral choice. The book is magisterial in scope. Its goals are ambitious, its methods innovative, and its results provocative.
— Lee Ann Fujii

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691151373
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/06/2011
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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