The Question of German Guilt by Karl Jaspers, S.J. Joseph W. Koterski

The Question of German Guilt






The Question of German Guilt Karl Jaspers, S.J. Joseph W. Koterski ebook
ISBN: 0823220680, 9780823220687
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Format: pdf
Page: 142


Lustration and Consolidation of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Central and Eastern Europe. The lecturer tells his small group of students that the reading list only has one book on it: “Karl Jaspers, The Question of German Guilt.” And there we have it: the second theme, which builds the story. €�I, who cannot act otherwise than as an individual, am morally responsible for all my deeds, including the execution of political and military orders” – this was moral guilt as set forth in Jaspers' work, 'The Question of German Guilt'. While journalists and academics tend to separate questions of culture and identity from economics and foreign affairs, in Germany's case it's impossible to understand one without the other. Dr Banaji evoked Karl Jaspers – a German philosopher – who had, in the aftermath of the Second World War, talked and written about the notion of collective guilt on the part of the German people for the atrocities of the Nazi Regime. Identifying passivity before human tragedy as complicity, Jaspers coined the phrase 'metaphysical guilt': as fellow humans, we are obligated to intervene on behalf of others whatever the risk. Vladimira Dvorakova, Andelko Milardovic [eds.]. After the war he resumed his teaching position, and in his work The Question of German Guilt he unabashedly examined the culpability of Germany as a whole in the atrocities of Hitler's Third Reich. New York: Fordham University Press, 2000. Karl Jaspers, The Question of German Guilt (New York: Capricorn Books, 1961; reprint, New York: Dial Press, 1947).