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Victims' Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights

Diana Tietjens Meyers


Victims’ Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights addresses a set of critical topics that victims’ stories of human rights abuse raise but that philosophers have thus far neglected: paradigms of victimhood and unjustifiable exclusions from the category of victim; narrative structures as constraints on victims’ stories and as vehicles for articulating human rights norms; the role of emotional responses to victims’ stories in discerning their normative significance; empathy with victims’ stories as a pathway to moral understanding and human rights commitment; and the need for an ethical frame ... More

Keywords: human rights, victims, narrative, emotion, empathy, victims’ stories, civil society, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199930388
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199930388.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Tietjens Meyers, author
Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, Storrs