Jean Améry

Beyond the Mind's Limits

  • Yochai Ataria
  • Amit Kravitz
  • Eli Pitcovski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Limits: Bound to the Past

  3. The Mind: Torture and Consequences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Eran Fish
      Pages 105-118
    3. Amos Israel-Vleeschhouwer
      Pages 119-140
    4. Yochai Ataria
      Pages 141-157
    5. Dana Amir
      Pages 159-169
  4. Beyond: Philosophy and Literature

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 341-345

About this book


This volume explores themes originating from the work of Jean Améry (1912–1978), a Holocaust survivor and essayist—mainly, ethics and the past, torture and its implications, death and suicide. The volume is interdisciplinary, bringing together contributions from philosophy, psychology, law, and literary studies to illuminate each of the topics from more than one angle. Each essay is a novel contribution, shedding new light on the relevant subject matter and on Jean Améry's unique perspective. The ensuing picture is rich and multifaceted, uncovering unforeseen traits of Amery's thought, and surprising correlations that have so far been under-researched. It invites further studies of the Holocaust and its consequences to take their cue from non-neutral first person reflections.


Trauma Studies Psychological Trauma Mental Health Identity Suicide Torture PTSD Jean Améry Holocaust Studies Third Reich Nazism Sadism At the Mind's Limits

Editors and affiliations

  • Yochai Ataria
    • 1
  • Amit Kravitz
    • 2
  • Eli Pitcovski
    • 3
  1. 1.Tel-Hai Academic CollegeUpper GalileeIsrael
  2. 2.Ludwig-Maximilian University of MunichMunichGermany
  3. 3.Tel-Hai Academic CollegeUpper GalileeIsrael

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