The Ethics of History – Just Nice To Have?

Geschichtsethik – lediglich nettes Beiwerk?

Explicit discussions of ethical issues were previously virtually unknown in the historical sciences of German language. Ethical problem areas are usually only broached implicitly, as elements of (academic) controversy. But in doing so, fundamental complex ethical problems in this field are then, at least, flushed to the surface. Systematic approaches that try to lay open the sore points and to anchor them in terms of professionalization in the relevant studies and training are scarce.[1]

 

Ethics as an aside

During seminars in which I have offered “history consulting” as well as the opportunity to discuss ethical aspects of public history, the majority of students reacted with a lack of interest. This lack of interest seemed similar to what we know from discussions in professional circles. There the notion is prevalent, that the reflection of ethical moments is not particularly important, since the principle of neutrality (also within the cont…


Categories: 3 (2015) 28
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2015-4514

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