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Victims and Values: A History and a Theory of Suffering (Paperback)
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Victims and Values: A History and a Theory of Suffering (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 21/11/1990
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Victims and Values joins history and ethics, conducting a timely inquiry into conscience and politics. Mindful of William James's notion that ethics must be grounded in the historical situation, this book examines fundamental ambiquities, dichotomies, and contradictions that we experience about the worth of our own suffering and that of others. In particular, it analyzes how victims make a powerful claim upon contemporary conscience and politics. Amato distances himself equally from those who deny suffering all substantive meaning and those who fashionably transform it into self-righteous identities and political rhetorics and ideologies. Amato's hope is that each person will be able to take measure of the suffering of others, while still remaining able to value his own suffering. After distinguishing pain from suffering, Amato starts his work with the assumption that humanity must interpret and give meaning to its pains and sufferings. Amato examines the fundamental place of suffering, sacrifice, and victims in Greek and Christian cultures. Reaching the central object of his study, the modern mind, Amato shows how the reformist world view of the eighteenth century philosopher sought to reduce suffering to a matter of rational calculation and how the progressive views of the nineteenth century dedicated the most profound energies of society and state to the elimination of human suffering. Ironically, in the twentieth century this resulted in an increasingly hedonistic society that is preoccupied with suffering and its rights, victims and their claims. Historians, philosophers, political scientists, theologians, and lay people will all find a lively forum in Amato's work.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275936907
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Amato has written a genuinely public book about serious public affairs. This work is not simply about knowing but most certainly about doing. What a story!"-RADICAL PHILOSOPHY REVIEW OF BOOKS
?Amato has written a genuinely public book about serious public affairs. This work is not simply about knowing but most certainly about doing. What a story!?-RADICAL PHILOSOPHY REVIEW OF BOOKS
"It has been a rare pleasure to review a book as exciting and illuminating as this one."-Hiroshi Obayashi Rutgers University
"From the reviews of Amato's earlier Guilt and Gratitude: "In this exciting, scholarly, and thought-provoking work, Amato traces the history of the ethical principles of the traditional, the Christian, and the progressive way."- Choice
"Guilt and Gratitude is a fascinating and creative interweaving of many themes drawn from European and American history of the past three hundred years. Amato has brought together an astonishing array of scholarly insights from a variety of fields in this admirable analysis of modern Western experience."- Word & World
"[This book] charts the battles of rival sufferings and claims to suffering: a politics of suffering, curiously waged in an age when moral standards wane, and moral arguments do not get far beyond public rhetoric....[Amato's] analysis is profoundly original, not only in joining history and religion, but in assuming...that religion has things to say to late twentieth-century folk....The book...[is] an admirable essay."- Eugen Weber from the Foreword

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