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The Touch of the Past: Remembrance, Learning and Ethics


reviewed by Ben Endres - 2006

coverTitle: The Touch of the Past: Remembrance, Learning and Ethics
Author(s): Roger I. Simon
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403967474, Pages: 192, Year: 2005
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In this thoughtful book, Roger Simon reveals the intimate connection between the remembrance of traumatic historical events and moral responsibility in the present.   He is driven by the concern that, too often, the remembrance of events like the Holocaust does not unsettle us enough to think and to live differently. Although Simon acknowledges the importance of historical memory that sustains social coherence (p. 3), he is interested in what he calls “remembering otherwise,” which requires the consideration of “what it might mean to take the memories of others . . . into our lives and so live as though the lives of others matter” (p. 9). He describes this kind of memory as “testamentary” in the sense that, in bearing testament to the past, people will engage in a kind of moral responsibility that motivates them to live differently.  Unlike other forms of memory that primarily sustain social solidarity, Simon... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1613-1616
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12275, Date Accessed: 9/18/2019 10:51:07 PM

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  • Ben Endres
    State University of New York at New Paltz
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    BEN ENDRES is Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His research interests include ethics and theories of communication. He has most recently completed an article, entitled “Education for Economic Life: The Role of Communicative Action” to be published in Teachers College Record in 2006.
 
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