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Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard

by Jill Stauffer Columbia University Press
Pub Date:
12/2017
ISBN:
9780231171519
Format:
Pbk 240 pages
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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. Jill Stauffer 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, she 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 re-creating lives after they are destroyed.


 


Stauffer boldly argues that rebuilding worlds and just institutions 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. In building her claims, Stauffer draws on the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Jean Améry, Eve Sedgwick, and Friedrich Nietzsche, as well as concrete cases of justice and injustice across the world.

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Ethical Loneliness
2. Repair
3. Hearing
4. Revision
5. Desert
Epilogue
Notes
Index

Ethical Loneliness is a book well worth the read for those interested in transitional justice, violence, memory, and theories of non-sovereign subjectivity. Stauffer is a magnificently clear and thoughtful writer with a very strong authorial voice - a rare skill that is always a pleasure to come across.
Jill Stauffer is associate professor of philosophy and director of the concentration in peace, justice, and human rights at Haverford College. She is the coeditor (with Bettina Bergo) of Nietzsche and Levinas: "After the Death of a Certain God" and has published widely on issues of responsibility within and beyond legality.