Ashwini Vasanthakumar (Queen’s Law School): "On Victims' Duties"

Thu, Feb 11, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Open To Princeton students, fellows & faculty

Social Criticism and Political Thought Series


Abstract: Victims of oppression can be said to be subject to two types of duties to resist their oppression: self-regarding duties, typically grounded in victims' self-respect, and other-regarding duties, grounded in victims' duties of justice or duties of assistance to other victims. I focus on victims' other-regarding duties and argue that victims play an essential role in collective efforts to resist oppression and create just institutions. I consider how these other-regarding duties can be in tension with victims' self-regarding duties, and how they inform victims' political obligations.

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