Victims and Victimhood

2015.08.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Trudy Govier, Victims and Victimhood, Broadview, 2015, 232pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781554810994. Reviewed by Gary Watson,
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2015.08.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Trudy Govier, Victims and Victimhood, Broadview, 2015, 232pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781554810994. Reviewed by Gary Watson, University of Southern California The project of this book is to bring the ideas of victim and victimhood into the philosophical foreground. Certain cognate notions, such as those of wrong-doer, responsibility, and forgiveness, are subjects of vast literatures. In contrast, the notions of the title have themselves remained in the periphery, as though they were of little interest or well enough understood. Trudy Govier's sense is that there is "much to be gained" by bringing to light, and to philosophical scrutiny, the definitional, moral, and public policy issues that arise from discourse on victims and victimhood. The chapters range eclectically from the problems of allowing victims their voices and properly hearing what they have to say (Chapters 4-7), to the hazards of cultivating. . .

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