By Diana Tietjens Meyers
Victim's tales and the development of Human Rights takes on a suite of questions steered by means of the global endurance of human rights abuse and the superiority of sufferers' tales in human rights campaigns, fact commissions, and overseas felony tribunals: What conceptions of sufferers are presumed in modern human rights discourse? How do traditional narrative templates fail sufferers of human rights abuse and withstand elevating novel human rights matters? what's empathy, and the way can sufferers body their tales to beat empathetic hindrances and advertise dedication to human rights? How can sufferers' tales be used ethically within the carrier of human rights?
The e-book addresses those matters by way of interpreting the rhetorical assets for and constraints on sufferers' skill to articulate their tales and by way of clarifying how their tales can give a contribution to enlarged understandings of human rights protections and deepened commitments to understanding human rights. It theorizes the normative content material that sufferers' tales can express and the bearing of that normative content material on human rights. through the e-book, released sufferers' stories-including tales of torture, slavery, genocide, rape in wartime, and baby soldiering-are analyzed together with philosophical arguments. This ebook mobilizes philosophical idea to light up sufferers' tales and appeals to sufferers' tales to complement the philosophy of human rights.
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But imprisoned individuals whose rights have been violated in these ways are pathetic victims, not prisoners of conscience. To qualify as a heroic victim, it is all-important that your agency not be morally compromised. It is undeniable that heroic victims are not passive. In fact, they are quite stunningly agentic figures. They freely choose to engage in public dissent for the sake of their beliefs. Moreover, in persisting despite the known risk of persecution, they goad the state’s repressive apparatus.
Com/dictionary/ pathetic; accessed 3/20/2009). Rorty’s diagnosis of moral psychopathology notwithstanding, finding Holocaust victims or, for that matter, victims of the Srebrenica massacre contemptible would be unforgivably obtuse. Still, because contempt is not always a morally indefensible response to a sorry state of affairs, conscientious subjects need guidelines to help them differentiate (1) people who are legitimately claiming to be pathetic victims and who therefore deserve a compassionate response, from (2) imposters who deserve indignation, if not contempt.
To be sure, arguing that the death penalty is a violation of human rights, regardless of whether the person sentenced to die is guilty, has failed to rouse a surge of anti-death penalty sentiment in the United States. Be that as it may, the conceptual foundations of this approach are solid. Sadly, one of AI’s most outstanding achievements—namely, formulating the heroic victim paradigm and mobilizing sympathy and support for heroic victims—may magnify the negative impact of the pathetic victim paradigm on death row inmates.