Jeffrey Blustein, The Moral Demands of Memory (Book Review)
Social Theory and Practice 2009, July, 35, 3
Social Theory and Practice
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Jeffrey Blustein, The Moral Demands of Memory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), xii + 372 pp. Philosophers and political theorists have traditionally left the past to historians. One could easily argue that that is because the social contract tradition is so ahistorical, as is its progeny, like John Rawls's original position. Yet other important strands in Western political theory are more historical. Both Marx and John Stuart Mill had a keen sense of history, yet the idea of concentrating on particular historical injustices would have made little sense to them. Marx and Mill thought history was full of injustices to nearly everyone, except for the ruling class. While their views of the development of history differed, both agreed that the past was bad and the future would be better. Many in the eighteenth and nineteenth century argued that the spread of liberty and enlightenment would usher in an era of progress. If you hold onto a dialectical or a linear view of progress, then acknowledging specific acts of injustice to a particular group makes little sense.
- Category: Religion & Spirituality
- Published: Jul 01, 2009
- Publisher: Social Theory and Practice-Florida State University
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 10 Pages
- Language: English