The Lesser Evil
Moral Approaches to Genocide Practices
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Lesser Evil by Helmut Dubiel
Book DescriptionThis book comprises 14 essays by scholars who disagree about the methods and purposes of comparing Nazism and Communism. The central idea is that if these two different memories of evil were to develop in isolation, their competition for significance would distort the real evils both movements propagated. Whilst many reject this comparison because they feel it could relativize the evil of one of these movements, the claim that a political movement is uniquely evil can only be made by comparing it to another movement. How do these issues affect postwar interrelations between memory and history? Are there tensions between the ways postwar societies remember these atrocities, and the ways in which intellectuals and scholars reconstruct what happened? Nazism and Communism have been constantly compared since the 1920s. A sense of the ways in which these comparisons have been used and abused by both Right and Left belongs to our common history. These twentieth century evils invite comparison, if only because of their traumatic effects. We have an obligation to understand what happened, and we also have an obligation to understand how we have dealt with it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714683959
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Frank Cass Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Helmut Dubiel
Theory and Politics, Paperback (March 2016)
This important study of the relationship between historical developments and the work of the scholars associated with the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research yields fascinating insights into the actual workings of the Institute and the relationships among its members.
Deep in the Brain, Paperback (May 2009)
At age 46, philosopher and university professor Dubiel was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Here, he describes the course of his illness, ennobling his personal experience with intellectual flair and scientific insight.
Lesser Evil, Hardback (April 2004)» View all books by Helmut Dubiel
In this title, scholars debate the evils of Nazism and Communism and explore methods and purposes of comparing the two.
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Author Biography - Helmut Dubiel
Helmut Dubiel is the incumbent of the Max Weber-Chair at New York University. Gabriel Motzkin is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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