Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century

Yale University Press, 11. kol 2000. - Broj stranica: 480
The twentieth century was the most brutal in human history, featuring a litany of shameful events that includes the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Stalinist era, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, and Rwanda. This important book looks at the politics of our times and the roots of human nature to discover why so many atrocities were perpetuated and how we can create a social environment to prevent their recurrence.

Jonathan Glover finds similarities in the psychology of those who perpetuate, collaborate in, and are complicit with atrocities, uncovering some disturbing common elements -- tribal hatred, blind adherence to ideology, diminished personal responsibility -- as well as characteristics unique to each situation. Acknowledging that human nature has a dark and destructive side, he proposes that we encourage the development of a political and personal moral imagination that will compel us to refrain from and protest all acts of cruelty.

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An attempt to formulate a new ethics, based on human psychology, that will account for 20th-century atrocities and offer some realistic hope that they can be avoided in the future.The mindless carnage ... Pročitajte cijelu recenziju

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Through a review of the targetting of civilians in WWI and WWII, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot and Nazism, along with a few other examples, talks about the role of morality in human political activity ... Pročitajte cijelu recenziju

O autoru (2000)

Jonathan Glover is director of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King's College, London.

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