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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The Ethics of Memory Avishai Margalit.

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Thin relations, on the other hand, are backed by the attribute of being human, such as being a woman or being sick. Heather Walsh rated it did not like it Apr 13, Jurgis Liepnieks rated it liked it Aug 06, May 18, Ed rated it really liked it. 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 ethkcs her needing to have any explicit memory of them.

If you are looking for a modern book of moral philosophy that is relevant, margxlit, engaging and well written this book is for you.

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

Jul 15, Casey Smith rated it it was amazing. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. No trivia or quizzes yet. Don’t worry, reader, if you have a lousy memory, because it doesn’t follow that you’re no good at thick relations. And it’s true that lasting public institutions of commemoration can be a good thing also a bad thing: Margalit differentiates morality from ethics by connecting ethics with “thick relations” and morality with “thin relations. But we also have “thin” relations with total strangers, people with whom we have nothing in common except etuics common humanity.


Therefore, in my transdisciplinary study I intend to conceptualize the notion of memory work, raising the question of its specific relevance for history with particular respect to its political and ethical dimension.

Do we have an obligation to forget certain things? Will be reading the rest of Margalit’s works for sure.

It turned out to be the most fruitful concept with respect to my own efforts of theorizing the notion of memory work.

Until all those you have known have died? We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. In my opinion, there is something puzzling regarding the relationships among these three forms of memory, which Margalit introduces in his Ethics. And it’s certainly not a good motive in fact it’s a terrible motive for behaving in one way mfmory than another: Margalit worries tye issue from all sides before giving a qualified yes.

I would recommend chapter 1 on remembering a name and the role of memory in caringchapter 2 on collective memory and the social obligation to remember and chapter 6 on the relationship between forgetting and forgiveness.

Lists with This Etuics. But how to turn a process of negotiation and deliberation into a real process of understanding is not obvious.

Sophie Merrill rated it liked it Apr 25, Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Moral and Political Burdens of Memory. Return to Book Page. And yet he is committed to making sense of us in ways that will make us better. These are our thin relations.

His book runs on cases, stories, quotations but, at the same time, there is considerable order and structure.

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In my opinion, historians, like any person endowed with the power of judgment, inevitably take political and moral decisions and make evaluations in their everyday work. On the other hand, it is to say that every real community is at the same time an imagined community; see Kleiserp. In what way could and should the idea of an ethics of memory affect this ongoing process of establishing such a culture?


Morally powerful, deeply learned, and elegantly written, The Ethics of Memory draws on ot resources of millennia of Western philosophy and religion to provide us with healing ideas that will engage all of us who care about the nature of our relations to others. Taking into account these two meanings of memory, I pursue an approach that regards the academic business of history as a specialized form of memory work—instead of ignoring and separating out the concept of memory from historical research or, on the contrary, avishak blurring the boundary and seeing the categories of history and memory as something identical.

Alison Reiheld – – American Journal of Bioethics 6 5: Request removal from index. Well written, and something new to think avidhai. At present he seems to be the only person who has elaborated on the idea of an ethics of memory in a more or less methodical way.

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In the end the issues comes to this: Recently I visited Powell’s bookstore in Portland, Oregon. Mike rated it really liked it Apr 13, We should create a community that thinks predominantly about the future, not a community that is governed from mass graves.

In the first section I will give some information about the conceptual framework on which my emmory is based, such as the meaning of memory and how this complex concept relates to the notion of culture. I’m not sure how successful that is.