The end of the affair: On the irretrievable breakdown of history and ethics

In this paper the author argues that there never has been, and there never will be, any entailed connection between history and ethics and that this is a 'good thing'. This is not to say that, in practice, history is not governed throughout by 'values' (politics, ideology, etc.) and that ethics are not always 'historical' and similarly 'governed', but that there is no 'formal connection'. It is argued that it is this 'break' that enables just any kind of contingent connection to be made and that, like it or not, this condition-of ethical relativism-is what we have to live with and make the 'best of'... and we can.