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Suffering Witness: The Quandary of Responsibility after the Irreparable

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Drawing on the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, James Hatley uses the prose of Primo Levi and Taduesz Borowski, as well as the poetry of Paul Celan, to question why witnessing the Shoah is so pressing a responsibility for anyone living in its aftermath. He argues that the witnessing of irreparable loss leaves one in unresolvable quandary but that the attentiveness of that witness resists the destructive legacy of annihilation."In this new and sensitive synthesis of scrupulous thinking about the Holocaust (beginning with scruples about the term Holocaust itself), James Hatley approaches all the major questions surrounding our overwhelming inadequacy in the aftermath of the irreparable. If there is anything unique (in a non-trivial sense) about the Holocaust, surely it is the imperious moral urgency that compels those who contemplate it to revise their view of what it means to be human, and to bear witness to such an event.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780791491959
Subtitle:
The Quandary of Responsibility after the Irreparable
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Creator:
James Hatley
Author:
Hatley, James
Author:
James Hatley
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Holocaust survivors
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Levinas, Emmanuel
Subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence.
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20001001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
268

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History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust
Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics
Religion » Judaism » History

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