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Author Schlink, Bernhard.

Title Guilt about the past / Bernhard Schlink
Published St Lucia, Qld. : The University of Queensland Press, 2009


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Description 141 pages ; 20 cm
regular print
Contents Collective guilt? -- The presence of the past -- Mastering the past through law? -- Forgiveness and reconciliation -- Prudence and corruption -- Stories about the past
Summary "Schlink tackles the burden of German guilt about events during the Second World War - the six essays that make up this compelling book view the long shadow of past guilt that is not just a German experience, but also a global one. Bernhard Schlink explores the phenomenon of collective guilt and how it attaches to a whole society, not just to individual perpetrators. He considers: how to use the lesson of history to motivate individual moral behaviour; how to reconcile a guilt-laden past; the role of law in this process; and how the theme of guilt influences his own fiction. Based on the Weidenfeld lectures he delivered at Oxford University in 2008, Guilt is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how events of the past can affect a nations future."--Provided by publisher
Notes These lectures were presented in 2008 as part of the Lord Weidenfeld Lecture Series at St Anne's College in Oxford. They partly overlap with the collection Vergangenheitsschuld, published by Diogenes, Zurich 2007. --t.p. verso
Subject Guilt -- Social aspects.
Guilt and culture -- Germany.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Philosophy.
Germany -- History -- Philosophy.
ISBN 9780702237140 (paperback)