“From This Far Place”: On Justice and Absence
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 November 2011
Addressing historic injustice involves a struggle against absence. This article reflects on the foundations of that challenge, on absence and justice. I ask what it means to address the absent victims of deadly injustice given the distance of time and death that separates us from them. This topic embraces a wide swath of events of interest to students of politics. Some are as recent as the Rwandan genocide; others are by now historical: the Holocaust or slavery in antebellum America. All have in common that they and their victims are distant from us, a separation that makes doing them justice deeply perplexing. In response, I sketch an argument that the absent victims of injustice are not nullities but retain a status, a presence as claimants on justice that defines our efforts to address the wrongs done them.
- Research Article
- American Political Science Review , Volume 105 , Issue 4 , November 2011 , pp. 750 - 764
- Copyright © American Political Science Association 2011