9781557787712

Ethics After the Holocaust

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    9781557787712

  • ISBN10:

    1557787719

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-08-01
  • Publisher: Paragon House

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Summary

Ethics after the Holocaust is concerned with trying to answer the following questions: How could such a catastrophe happen? Why did it take place? Where were the ethical traditions and teachings that seemingly should have kept such things from occurring? The book's six contributors, Leonard Grob, Peter J. Haas, David Hirsch, David Patterson, Didier Pollefeyt, and John K. Roth -- experienced Holocaust scholars from the fields of literature, philosophy, religious studies, and theology -- have each written a substantive essay that sets forth fundamental concerns about post-Holocaust ethics. After each essay, they offer critiques of other essays and respond to critiques of their own. The book's distinctive dialogue format deepens inquiry that interprets the Holocaust not only as an assault on millions of innocent human beings -- Jews first and foremost among them -- but also as an attack on goodness itself.

Table of Contents

Introduction Ethics after Auschwitz vii
John K. Roth
Emmanuel Levinas and the Primacy of Ethics in Post-Holocaust Philosophy
1(48)
Leonard Crob
Critiques
15(28)
Response
43(6)
Science and the Determination of the Good
49(41)
Peter J. Haas
Critiques
60(26)
Response
86(4)
The Gray Zone or the Banality of Evil
90(58)
David H. Hirsch
Critiques
108(30)
Response
138(10)
Nazis, Philosophers, and the Response to the Scandal of Heidegger
148(62)
David Patterson
Critiques
172(32)
Response
204(6)
The Kafkaesque World of the Holocaust: Paradigmatic Shifts in the Ethical interpretation of the Nazi Genocide
210(70)
Didier Pollefeyt
Critiques
243(30)
Response
273(7)
Returning Home: Reflections on Post-Holocaust Ethics
280(53)
John K. Roth
Critiques
296(28)
Response
324(9)
Postscript: Post-Holocaust Ethics and the Future 333(6)
John K. Roth
Select Bibliography 339(10)
Index 349

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