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Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard

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by Jill Stauffer
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Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard by Jill Stauffer

Ethical loneliness is the experience of being abandoned by humanity, compounded by the cruelty of wrongs not being heard. It is the result of multiple lapses on the part of human beings and political institutions that, in failing to listen well to survivors, deny them redress by negating their testimony and thwarting their claims for justice. This book examines the root causes of ethical loneliness and how those in power revise history to serve their own ends rather than the needs of the abandoned. Out of this discussion, difficult truths about the desire and potential for political forgiveness, transitional justice, and political reconciliation emerge. Moving beyond a singular focus on truth commissions and legal trials, this study considers more closely what is lost in the wake of oppression and violence, how selves and worlds are built and demolished, and who is responsible for recreating lives after they are destroyed. Ethical Loneliness boldly argues that rebuilding worlds after violence is a broad obligation and that those who care about justice must first confront their own assumptions about autonomy, liberty, and responsibility before an effective response to violence can take place. As it builds its claims, the text draws on the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Jean Am?ry, Eve Sedgwick, and Friedrich Nietzsche, as well as concrete cases of justice and injustice across the world.

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Pages: 256
Size: 17.0 MB
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9780231538732 (DRM-EPUB)

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