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Vol.8 2011.03.24 TAKAHASHI Tetsuya
Ethics of Memories
March 24, 2011 to March 25, 2011
There are times when the "Duty of Memory" – "Remember" "Do not forget" – is spoken of in regards to such traumatic events as war, massacre and persecution that leave large scars in the history of humanity and communities. Do remembering and not forgetting make "reconciliation" and "mercy" possible or impossible? Are they the voices of victim's resentment that needs to be overcome, or are they demands of justice that protest against the passage of time that knows no mercy? I will explore these issues by using the philosopher V. Jankélévitch's argument about Holocaust in Nazi Germany and reactions to it.
- TAKAHASHI Tetsuya
- Born in 1956. His area of specialty is Philosophy. Recent research themes include critical inquiry of the logic of sacrifice in community and religion and reexamination of Jacques Derrida's idea of deconstruction. At university, I teach courses on social philosophy, ethics, culture and representation, human security etc. Among his works, Deconstructing Derrida, The Yasukuni Issue, State and Sacrifice, On War Responsibility were translated into Chinese.
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