Roy Ben-Shai

is a fellow at the New School for Social Research, New York.


Living without

On the moral philosophy of Jean Améry

For their testimonial value, Jean Améry’s writings are obligatory reading for anyone interested in studies of the Holocaust. But Améry can and must also be read as philosophy, argues Roy Ben-Shai. In Améry’s work, the combination of the testimonial and the philosophical constitutes a “twilight”, a revolt against the separation of pathos (experience) and logos (the intellect), and a call for the insertion of the victim into philosophical discourse.

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