Moral Philosophy and the Holocaust

Moral Philosophy and the Holocaust


Edited by Eve Garrard, Edited by Geoffrey Scarre

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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 18mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 0754614166
  • ISBN 13: 9780754614166
  • Illustrations note: notes, index

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This book draws together work by leading moral philosophers to present a wide range of perspectives on the Holocaust. Contributors focus on particular themes of central importance, including: moral responsibility for genocide; the moral uniqueness of the Holocaust; responding to extreme evil; the role of ideology; the moral psychology of perpetrators and victims of genocide; forgiveness and the Holocaust; and the impact of the "Final Solution" on subsequent culture. Topics are treated with the precision and rigour characteristic of analytic philosophy. Scholars, teachers and students with an interest in moral theory, applied ethics, genocide and Holocaust studies should find this book of particular value, as will all those seeking greater insight into ethical issues surrounding Nazism, race-hatred and intolerance.

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Table of contents

Philosophy's contribution to Holocaust studies, Berel Lang; ideology, moral complicity and the Holocaust, David E. Cooper; in a class of its own?, Norman Geras; knowledge, history and the Holocaust, Tom Rockmore; persons of lesser value - moral argument and the "Final Solution", Hillel Steiner; perpetrator motivation - some reflections on the Browning/Goldhagen debate, Nick Zangwill; moral responsibility and the Holocaust, Geoffrey Scarre; four types of mass murderer - Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, Truman, Douglas P. Lackey; is limited altruism morally wrong?, Michael Freeman; harming some to save others from the Nazis, Frances M. Kamm; tragic decisions - removing Jewish children from their Christian guardians in post-war Europe, Daniel Statman; forgiving the unforgivable?, Laurence Thomas; forgiveness and the Holocaust, Eve Garrard; the Holocaust and the possibility of art, Oliver Leaman; the Holocaust in American Life as a moral text, Lawrence Blum.