last tuesday afternoon (1st september), 4.00-4.30pm, on bbc radio 4
anatomy of gulit (presented by helena kennedy, with • author howard jacobson, • psychoanalyst and writer adam phillips, • curator aliyah hasinah, • international lawyer philippe sands, • legal scholar and barrister conor gearty, • author svenja o’donnell, • barrister ulele burnham, • writer and journalist rhik samadder, and • moral philosopher michael sandel)
“What is guilt – is it a legal verdict, a state of mind or a moral idea? Why do we feel guilty? And is there such a thing as collective guilt, by which a whole community or even country may be judged?
… The example of Germany and the trials at Nuremberg following the Second World War are a model of how law has confronted, and struggled with, ideas of collective guilt.
Today there is strong moral disagreement around how far back in time shared responsibility for historic crimes should extend – the Black American author James Baldwin wrote of slavery and its continuing impact: ‘The guilt remains, more deeply rooted, more securely lodged, than the oldest of old trees … history is present in all that we do’.”(more…)