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Morality of the Dark, Morality of the Light: Reflections on Ethics and the Holocaust
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Philosophy and Linguistics. Filosofi.
2000 (English)In: Contemporary Portrayals of Auschwitz: Philosophical Challenges, Humanity Books, Prometheus Press, New York , 2000, 355- p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Starting from a dream where the author found himself in the middle of the Holocaust, this paper works out a distinction between two regions of morality: Morality of the Light and Morality of the Dark. The two regions complement each other, like in the Taoist symbol of yin and yang. Morality of the Light is that of moral agents, whereas Morality of the Dark is morality of non-moral agents, being non-rational, non-moral or non-agents. People victimized by the Nazi death-camps exemplify the latter region. Ethicists have hitherto largely ignored this region. Its methodology has similarities with that of art and religion rather than with scientific methodology.

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Humanity Books, Prometheus Press, New York , 2000. 355- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12753OAI: diva2:152424
Available from: 2006-09-20 Created: 2006-09-20Bibliographically approved

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