Narrative Justice

Rafe McGregor

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    This book introduces narrative justice, a new theory of aesthetic education - the thesis that the cultivation of aesthetic or artistic sensibility can both improve moral character and achieve political justice. The author argues that there is a subcategory of narrative representations that provide moral knowledge regardless of their categorisation as fiction or non-fiction, and which therefore can be employed as a means of moral improvement. McGregor applies this narrative ethics to the criminology of inhumanity, including both crimes against humanity and terrorism. Expanding on the methodology of narrative criminology, he demonstrates that narrative representations can be employed to evaluate responsibility for inhumanity, to understand the psychology of inhumanity, and to instigate desistance from inhumanity - and are thus a means to the end of opposing injustice. He concludes that the cultivation of narrative sensibility is an important tool for both moral improvement and political justice.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherRowman & Littlefield
    Number of pages232
    ISBN (Electronic)9781786606341
    ISBN (Print)9781786606334
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2018


    • Aesthetics
    • Ethics and Moral Philosophy
    • Criminology


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