The Holocaust and the Enigma of Uniqueness: A Philosophical Effort at Practical Clarification

  title={The Holocaust and the Enigma of Uniqueness: A Philosophical Effort at Practical Clarification},
  author={Alice L. Eckardt and A. Roy Ecoardt},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={165 - 178}
  • A. Eckardt, A. R. Ecoardt
  • Published 1 July 1980
  • Philosophy
  • The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
This philosophical analysis seeks to foster understanding between representatives of diverse disciplines in the study of the Holocaust. The article inquires whether there are ways to avoid the mystification of the Holocaust without losing its singularity. Three concepts of uniqueness are utilized: ordinary uniqueness, unique uniqueness, and transcending uniqueness. Eight propositions are submitted that concern: the salience of facticity, the challenge of the Holocaust to conventional tools of… 
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