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Genocidal Mind
     

Genocidal Mind

by Dennis B. Klein (Editor), Richard Libowitz (Editor), Marcia Sachs Littell (Editor), Sharon Steeley (Editor)
 

These are selected papers from the 32nd annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches held in 2002 at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. This book examines mass murder in the 20th century and explains how the elements of a genocidal mind can be perceived in behavior, law, religion, philosophy, literature, and psychology. It outlines ways to

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These are selected papers from the 32nd annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches held in 2002 at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. This book examines mass murder in the 20th century and explains how the elements of a genocidal mind can be perceived in behavior, law, religion, philosophy, literature, and psychology. It outlines ways to exercise vigilance in all of these cultural arenas and develop an early warning system that can help prevent societies from going over the boundary from civility to genocide."If we wish to discern the genocidal mentality, we must reckon not only with increased callousness of the killers but also with their misguided conviction that they were engaged in something advantageous to humanity."—Paul Vincent, Director of the Cohen Center of Holocaust Studies, Keene State College, New Hampshire"A brief look at some characteristic Nazi legislation, institutions, legal concepts and professional legal personnel offer a paradigm of how the rule of law can be degraded, leaving at best a veneer of legal form and process." —Alan S. Rosenbaum, Professor of Philosophy, Cleveland State University"Emphasizing the self's autonomy, authenticity, and resolve, the thinking that arose in the German Enlightenment and contributed to the Holocaust follows a clear line of development from Kant to Heidegger."—David Patterson, Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies, University of Memphis, Tennessee

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Midwest Book Review
"The Genocidal Mind is particularly focused upon the Holocaust, yet the valuable insight gained is directly applicable to a wide variety of genocidal and potentially genocidal individuals and situations. Especially recommended for Holocaust studies and mass psychology shelves."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557788535
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
03/05/2005
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Drew A. Parsons
"The Christian scriptures provide ample material for the formulation of the attitudes of Protestants during the Nazi years as a means to restore and maintain Christian hope as they understood it."
David Patterson
"Emphasizing the self’s autonomy, authenticity, and resolve, the thinking that arose in the German Enlightenment and contributed to the Holocaust follows a clear line of development from Kant to Heidegger."
Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies, University of Memphis, Tennessee
Paul Vincent
"If we wish to discern the genocidal mentality, we must reckon not only with increased callousness of the killers but also with their misguided conviction that they were engaged in something advantageous to humanity"
Director of the Cohen Center of Holocaust Studies, Keene State College, New Hampshire
Alan S. Rosenbaum
"A brief look at some characteristic Nazi legislation, institutions, legal concepts and professional legal personnel offer a paradigm of how the rule of law can be degraded, leaving at best a veneer of legal form and process."
Professor of Philosophy, Cleveland State University

Meet the Author

RICHARD LIBOWITZ is visiting assistant professor of theology at Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia) and is a vice president of the Annual Scholars' Conference.

SHARON STEELEY received her M.B.A. from Saint Joseph's University. She is associate executive director of the Annual Scholars' Conference.

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