Despite an explosion of studies on memory in historical and cultural studies, there is relatively little in moral philosophy on this subject. In this book, Jeffrey Blustein provides a systematic and philosophically rigorous account of a morality of memory. Drawing on a broad range of philosophical and humanistic literatures, he offers a novel examination of memory and our relations to people and events from our past, the ways in which memory is preserved and transmitted, and the moral responsibilities associated with it. Blustein treats topics of responsibility for one's own past; historical injustice and the role of memory in doing justice to the past; the relationship of collective memory to history and identity; collective and individual obligations to remember those who have died, including those who are dear to us; and the moral significance of bearing witness.
Jeffrey Blustein is Professor of Bioethics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Barnard College. He is the author of Parents and Children: The Ethics of the Family; Care and Commitment: Taking the Personal Point of View; and most recently, Ethics for Health Care Organizations and Handbook for Health Care Ethics Committees (both with Linda Farber Post and Nancy Dubler). He has published numerous articles in journals such as Metaphilosophy, Dialogue, the Journal of Social Philosophy, the Journal of Value Inquiry and Bioethics.
1. Memory as a subject of evaluative inquiry; 2. Taking responsibility for one's own past; 3. Doing justice to the past; 4. Ethics, truth, and collective memory; 5. The responsibility of remembrance; 6. Memory and bearing witness.