The Silence of the Night: Collaboration, Deceit, and Remorselessness

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  • Rafe McGregor
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-184
Number of pages22
JournalOrbis Litterarum
Issue number2
Early online date6 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Towards the end of the twentieth century, the issue of collaboration with the Third Reich became particularly problematic for deconstructive criticism. The distinction between collaboration and cooperation is often far from clear, however, and in borderline cases the opacity of the motives behind the alleged collaboration may be such that retrospective historical judgements run the risk of appearing arbitrary. In contrast, the decision to remain silent about alleged collaboration can - and should - invite negative moral judgement. On the one hand silence offers evidence of deceit; on the other, silence speaks of an absence of regret or remorse; and in the case with which this paper is primarily concerned, silence is indicative of both deceit and remorselessness.

    Research areas

  • Deconstruction, Ethics, Jacques Derrida, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Paul de Man, Silence


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    Rights statement: © 2016 John Wiley & Sons. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: McGregor, R. (2016) The Silence of the Night. Orbis Litterarum. 71(2), pp. 163-184, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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