Critics’ Reviews

“This remarkably balanced and clear-headed book pursues philosophical questions about victims that philosophers have not much engaged. Trudy Govier asks us to think carefully about what makes someone a victim, whether a victim is necessarily innocent or credible, why victims need to be heard, and what victims really need and deserve. Some of these questions are uncomfortable, but all are essential. Govier has produced a unique examination, studded with timely examples, of issues surrounding victimhood that bear on crime, violence, war, trauma, and justice.” — Margaret Urban Walker, Marquette University

“This book is so necessary to ethics. With the distinctive sensitivity and care that we have come to expect from her, Trudy Govier attends to the lived experiences of individuals. She offers good reasons to seek a more nuanced understanding of victimhood rather than dismiss ‘victim’ as a mere label or take its meaning for granted as obvious.” — Kathryn J. Norlock, Trent University

“Trudy Govier’s remarkable insights and arguments have done much to shape and guide the growing literature on the nature and values of reconciliation. Now she turns her keen eye to a surprisingly under-theorized figure central to the aftermath of wrongdoing: the victim. In this thoughtful and challenging volume, Govier overturns received wisdom and subjects the ethics, epistemology, and politics of victimhood to new, philosophically rigorous scrutiny. The resulting analysis will benefit scholars and practitioners, teachers and students.” — Alice MacLachlan, York University

Posted on November 2, 2015