Erasure of the past: How failure to remember can be a morally blameworthy act. Reiheld, A. The American Journal of Bioethics, 6(5):25–26, 2006.
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[first paragraph] Wojtaseiwicz (2006) argues that procedurally fair policy efforts to avoid providing “futile” end-of-life treatment nonetheless may unjustly place the disparate burdens of such policies on those who have historically born the bur- dens of injustice. I do not contest Wojtaseiwicz's reason- ing. However, I wish to investigate whether anything else morally blameworthy is occuring in this scenario. To that end, let us bracket the matters of whether it is unjust or simply unfortunate that the burdens of these policies have a disparate impact (Lindsay 2006) and whether failure to account for history leads to injustice. I contend that when moral agents fail to properly remember past injustices, they erase those past injustices. Such erasures of the past can themselves be morally blameworthy irrespective of whether they result in acts which are (rightly or wrongly) perceived as morally blameworthy
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abstract = {[first paragraph] Wojtaseiwicz (2006) argues that procedurally fair policy efforts to avoid providing “futile” end-of-life treatment nonetheless may unjustly place the disparate burdens of such policies on those who have historically born the bur- dens of injustice. I do not contest Wojtaseiwicz's reason- ing. However, I wish to investigate whether anything else morally blameworthy is occuring in this scenario. To that end, let us bracket the matters of whether it is unjust or simply unfortunate that the burdens of these policies have a disparate impact (Lindsay 2006) and whether failure to account for history leads to injustice. I contend that when moral agents fail to properly remember past injustices, they erase those past injustices. Such erasures of the past can themselves be morally blameworthy irrespective of whether they result in acts which are (rightly or wrongly) perceived as morally blameworthy},
author = {Reiheld, Alison},
doi = {10.1080/15265160600859813},
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issn = {1526-5161},
journal = {The American Journal of Bioethics},
number = {5},
pages = {25--26},
pmid = {16997817},
title = {{Erasure of the past: How failure to remember can be a morally blameworthy act}},
url = {http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15265160600859813},
volume = {6},
year = {2006}
}
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