The moral and political burdens of memory [Book Review]

Journal of Religious Ethics 37 (3):533-564 (2009)
Abstract
Memory brings the past into the present. It is a feature of human temporality, contingency, and identity. Attention to memory's psychological and social importance suggests new vistas for work in religious ethics. This essay examines four recent works on memory's importance for self-interpretation, social criticism, and public justice. My focus will be on normative questions about memory. The works under review ask whether, and on what terms, we have an obligation to remember, whether memory is linked to neighbors near and distant, how memory is related to justice and forgiveness, and whether memory sits easily with the kind of relationships that allegedly characterize life in democratic public culture
Keywords social criticism  repression  forgetting  forgiveness  religion  history  memory  justice
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