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Françoise Meltzer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226625638

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226625775.001.0001

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Foregone and Other Conclusions

Foregone and Other Conclusions

(p.175) Foregone and Other Conclusions
Dark Lens

Françoise Meltzer

University of Chicago Press

The conclusion discusses revenge and forgiveness as fraught problems. Carl Schmitt’s binary of friend/enemy is of import here, as is Vladimir Jankélévitch’s work on the pardon. The conclusion also considers the importance of Romanticism to the Nazis, drawing on “De l'Allemagne, 1800-1938,” a problematic exhibition of German thought and painting sponsored by the French and German governments at the Louvre in 2013. The conclusion asks to what extent a museum exhibit or a painting might provide a way of bypassing horror. Can we bear witness to the suffering of others? How is it that memory and amnesia can work in tandem? To what extent is the targeting of civilians, sworn enemies, acceptable? The book ends with questions that have no obvious answers.

Keywords:   revenge, forgiveness, Carl Schmitt, Vladimir Jankélévitch, Nazism, Romanticism, De l'Allemagne, 1800-1939, Louvre, amnesia

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