The Second World War ended with the exposure of the Nazi death camps and the threat of global nuclear annihilation. The former disclosed the depths of human depravity and the latter warned us about the severity of the consequences that could await us as a result. The grimness of each, much less both, had the effect of shielding from our collective consciousness the equally dire warnings from the First World War that had occurred only a couple of decades earlier. [excerpt]
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Gimbel, Steven and Stephen Stern. "Philosophers of Catastrophe: Early 20th Century Jewish Proponents and Opponents of Objectivity in Science" in Jews and Science. Sander Gilman (ed.) (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2022).