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Ethics, Left and Right: The Moral Issues That Divide Us


In this chapter Demetriou sketches a rightist approach to monumentary policy in a diverse polity beleaguered by old ethnic grievances. He begins by noting the importance of tribalism, memorialization, and social trust. He then suggests a policy which 1) gradually narrows the gap between peoples in the heritage landscape, 2) conserves all but the most offensive of the least beloved racist monuments, 3) avoids recrimination (i.e., “keeps it positive”) and eschews ideological commentary in new monuments or revisions to old ones, 4) as much as politically feasible, recognizes only the offense of willing tribemates, and 5) responds to aesthetic and other “irrational” offenses more than to “objective” historical or philosophical critiques.

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This is a chapter (pages 523-545) published by Oxford University Press in the book Ethics, Left and Right: The Moral Issues That Divide Us edited by Bob Fischer, 2020, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.

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