After Evil: A Politics of Human Rights Robert Meister

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Published: January 5th 2011

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545 pages


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After Evil: A Politics of Human Rights  by  Robert Meister

After Evil: A Politics of Human Rights by Robert Meister
January 5th 2011 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 545 pages | ISBN: | 3.75 Mb

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 creatingMoreThe 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, doesnt 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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