Chapter

Introduction

Norman Geras

in Crimes Against Humanity

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082412
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702086 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082412.003.0010
Introduction

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This chapter sets out the main purpose of the book, which is to develop a concept of crimes against humanity that may be at once clear and compelling. A broader, secondary purpose is to integrate the concept within the old meliorative perspective of the movement for a better world: a world that comes closer to being morally tolerable, decently liveable-in for the generality of its inhabitants. The chapter then focuses on the logic of the ethical conception, on the normative and other philosophical assumptions, underlying the offence in law of crimes against humanity. It attempts to domesticate this concept within the domain of political thought, and by doing this to clarify it for a wider audience. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: crimes against humanity; human rights; ethical conception

Chapter.  2723 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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