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The moral demands of memory.


The moral demands of memory.

Blustein, Jeffrey.

Cambridge U. Pr.


372 pages




Blustein (bioethics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine) moves beyond typical texts on memory to focus on moral philosophy. He offers a new approach, based on a broad range of philosophical and humanistic literatures, showing how memory is preserved and transmitted, particularly in the case of the self and the beloved dead. He begins by approaching memory as a subject of evaluative inquiry, building to the responsibilities of remembrance and taking responsibility for the past. This he develops into an analysis of taking responsibility for one's own past and the intricate relations amongst ethics, truth and collective memory. He examines the moral imperative to remember and the qualities and modes of mourning and rituals. He closes by linking memory to bearing witness and includes typological remarks on bearing witness to right and wrong, acknowledging a relationship to wrongdoing and bearing witness to one's convictions.

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Date:May 1, 2008
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