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Post-Holocaust Ethics

The Morality of the Use of Power
  • Leonard Grob
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Abstract

If, as has often been argued, the Holocaust constitutes a ‘watershed’ event in human history, then it follows that our Western tradition of ethics must come under severe scrutiny. How can it be, we must ask, that at the heart of modern Western civilization, our ethico-religious legacies failed to provide a safeguard against unprecedented genocidal behaviour? Is it possible, we might ask, that these traditions not only proved incapable of averting the catastrophe that was the Holocaust, but were also, in some measure, implicated in its very coming-to-be? Did these traditions not merely fail to successfully address the ‘problem’, but were themselves, in some respect, part of it?

Keywords

Moral Agent Western Thought Hegemonic Power Ethical Vision Moral Directive 
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