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The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities

John K. Roth


Defined by deliberation about the difference between right and wrong, encouragement not to be indifferent toward that difference, protest and resistance against what is wrong, and action in support of what is right—ethics is civilization’s keystone. This book concentrates on the multiple shortfalls and shortcomings of thought, decision, and action that tempt and incite us human beings to inflict incalculable harm. Absent the overriding of moral sensibilities, if not the collapse or collaboration of ethical traditions, the Holocaust, genocide, and other mass atrocities could not have happened. ... More

Keywords: ethics, failures, genocide, Holocaust, indifference, mass atrocities, protest, resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198725336
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John K. Roth, author
Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College