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After evil : a politics of human rights

Author: Robert Meister
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2011.
Series: Columbia studies in political thought/political history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the publisher. The way in which mainstream human rights discourse speaks of such evils as the Holocaust, slavery, or apartheid puts them solidly in the past. Its elaborate techniques of "transitional" justice encourage future generations to move forward by creating a false assumption of closure, enabling those who are guilty to elude responsibility. This approach to history, common to late-twentieth-century  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Meister
ISBN: 9780231150361 0231150369 9780231150378 0231150377
OCLC Number: 608687880
Description: x, 526 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Disavowing evil --
The ideology and ethics of human rights --
Ways of winning --
Living on --
The dialectic of race and place --
"Never again" --
Still the Jewish question? --
Bystanders and victims --
Adverse possession --
States of "emergency" --
Surviving catastrophe --
Justice in time.
Series Title: Columbia studies in political thought/political history.
Responsibility: Robert Meister.

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From the publisher. The way in which mainstream human rights discourse speaks of such evils as the Holocaust, slavery, or apartheid puts them solidly in the past. Its elaborate techniques of "transitional" justice encourage future generations to move forward by creating a false assumption of closure, enabling those who are guilty to elude responsibility. This approach to history, common to late-twentieth-century humanitarianism, doesn't presuppose that evil ends when justice begins. Rather, it assumes that a time before justice is the moment to put evil in the past. Merging examples from literature and history, Robert Meister confronts the problem of closure and the resolution of historical injustice. He boldly challenges the empty moral logic of "never again" or the theoretical reduction of evil to a cycle of violence and counterviolence, broken only once evil is remembered for what it was. Meister criticizes such methods for their deferral of justice and susceptibility to exploitation and elaborates the flawed moral logic of "never again" in relation to Auschwitz and its evolution into a twenty-first-century doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect.

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