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Would you forgive the Nazi perpetrator? The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness is a philosophical narrative by Simon Wiesenthal about moral responsibility for crimes against humanity that raises the possibility of forgiveness of genocide. 1,101 more words

Claudia Moscovici

Perfection of Means, Confusion of Aims

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity….

“A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.”

Albert Einstein

American Future

Yewtree, moral responsibility and the impossibility of a way out

It couldn’t have been timed better. We know the story well enough: the post-war liberals who fled the sterile consumerism of Australia, where even the Supremes barely charted during the 1960s, and made Britain fresher, more tolerant, more open, back before Anglospherism curdled, and another wave came from the same direction to revise our future, to replace post-war paternalism with something nastier, pettier, more closed, the opposite of the genuine improvement we’d looked likely to get before. 2,216 more words

Free Will

When God sends Moses to ask Pharaoh to free the Israelites, God promises repeatedly to “harden” Pharaoh’s heart so that Pharaoh will refuse.  Learning this story as a young child, I was bothered for the first time by the limits of free will. 488 more words


I don't find this stuff amusing anymore

The Cooperative Bank’s ethics poll leaves a lot to be desired.

I have just attempted to fill in the very long, detailed and not-at-all-user-friendly ethics poll… 365 more words

Rising Above Our Limitations

In recent posts I have posed questions about the meaning of freedom that have remained with us since the beginning of the American story. We have seemed determined to seek absolute freedom despite practical limitations implied by both religious commitment and, later, by physical reality. 645 more words

American Future

What is “individual responsibility” (jiko sekinin)

Anonymous student post

I’d like to talk about the pros and cons of “jiko sekinin”.

In the Koizumi administration, privatizing was performed under the idea of “ 423 more words