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On Victimhood
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Philosophy and Linguistics. Filosofi.
2002 (English)In: SATS - Nordic Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 3, no 1, 102-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A challenging theme for reflection after the Holocaust is victimhood. There is a presumed but rather unexplored connection between victimhood and intrinsic evil. This essay wants to contribute to the clarification of the concept of being a victim, with special regard to intrinsic evil. Current notions turn out to be impregnated with religious, legalistic and moralistic connotations that express non-victim perspectives. The essay proposes that the concept of being a victim should be interpreted from a victim perspective, which would yield a concept that makes victimhood a possibly universal intrinsic evil. Such a concept, it is suggested, should focus on severe injury in combination with drastically reduced agency in respect to the injury in question.

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2002. Vol. 3, no 1, 102-117 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12702OAI: diva2:152373
Available from: 2006-09-20 Created: 2006-09-20 Last updated: 2011-01-13Bibliographically approved

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