Genocide and Human Rights

A Philosophical Guide

  • Editors
  • John K. Roth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Problem of Evil: How Does Genocide Affect Philosophy?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
    2. Berel Lang
      Pages 5-17
    3. Frederick Sontag
      Pages 29-34
    4. D. Z. Phillips
      Pages 46-64
  3. Innocent or Guilty? Philosophy’s Involvement in Genocide

  4. Will Genocide Ever End? Genocide’s Challenge to Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-152
    2. Norman Geras
      Pages 167-180
    3. Laurence M. Thomas
      Pages 181-191
    4. James R. Watson
      Pages 192-206

About this book


Genocide is evil or nothing could be. It raises a host of questions about humanity, rights, justice, and reality, which are key areas of concern for philosophy. Strangely, however, philosophers have tended to ignore genocide. Even more problematic, philosophy and philosophers bear more responsibility for genocide than they have usually admitted. In Genocide and Human Rights: A Philosophical Guide, an international group of twenty-five contemporary philosophers work to correct those deficiencies by showing how philosophy can and should respond to genocide, particularly in ways that defend human rights.


ethics human rights morality philosophy Virtue Ethics

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4039-3548-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-55483-2
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