Moral Complexity and the Holocaust

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University Press of America, 2009 - History - 236 pages
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This book introduces the first sustained analysis of the idea that the Holocaust constitutes a tension between moral complexity and moral enormity. A great deal has been written in regards to the Holocaust as a powerful symbol, perhaps as the quintessential symbol of moral enormity in the modern era. Less has been said about the human experiences and events of the Holocaust as embodying moral complexity. The author examines those tensions, in part by exploring the categories of victims, bystanders and perpetrators, and suggests novel ways for how we may come to understand the moral landscape of the Holocaust.

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A Topography of Moral Complexity
Ordinary People in ExtraOrdinary Situations
Dimensions of Moral Complexity

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About the author (2009)

Dr. Marc Fellman works in research governance at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. He is also a contributor to an edited volume by Pedro Tabensky, Judging and Understanding: Essays on Free Will, Narrative, Meaning, and the Ethical Limits of Condemnation.

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