Philosophical Witnessing (Hardback)
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Hardback 260 Pages / Published: 30/07/2009
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In this volume, eminent scholar Berel Lang brings the perspective of philosophical analysis to bear on issues related to the Holocaust. Setting out from a conception of philosophical "witnessing" that expands and illuminates the standard view of the witness, he confronts the question of what philosophy can add to the views of the Holocaust provided in other disciplines. Drawing on the philosophical areas of political theory, ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of history, he draws attention especially to the post-Holocaust emphasis on the concepts of genocide and "group rights." Lang's study, which emphasizes the moral choices that now face post-Holocaust thought, inspires the reader to think of the Holocaust in new ways, showing how its continued presence in contemporary consciousness affects areas of thought and practice not directly associated with that event.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584657415
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[Lang s] analysis moves beyond the frailties of eyewitness accounts to the multifaceted senses of witnessing . . . Lang s exploration includes what it means to be a philosophical witness not directly linked to genocidal atrocities. . . Recommended. Choice"
[T]his is a fine set of essays that come together in significant ways on basic moral questions of our time. Ethicists in particular will find Lang s reflections extremely enriching. H-JUDAIC"
[An] important book . . . . Lang emphasizes that the historical and philosophical study of the Holocaust is a moral act that relates essentially to reality; in studying the Holocaust we attempt to establish, as accurately as possible, what actually happened, and to discover therein the truth about ourselves and our world. Holocaust and Genocide Studies"
"[Lang's] analysis moves beyond the frailties of eyewitness accounts to the multifaceted senses of witnessing . . . Lang's exploration includes what it means to be a 'philosophical' witness not directly linked to genocidal atrocities. . . Recommended."--Choice
"[T]his is a fine set of essays that come together in significant ways on basic moral questions of our time. Ethicists in particular will find Lang's reflections extremely enriching."--H-JUDAIC
"[An] important book . . . . Lang emphasizes that the historical and philosophical study of the Holocaust is a moral act that relates essentially to reality; in studying the Holocaust we attempt to establish, as accurately as possible, what actually happened, and to discover therein the truth about ourselves and our world."--Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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