Title: Thinking Through Notions of Responsibility and Judgement in Acholi Philosophical Discourse and Hannah Arendt.
This paper grapples with the complex question of judging mass crimes and crimes against
humanity in two different contexts: post-war northern Uganda – and more specifically
Acholiland – and post-Nazi Germany. It does so by analyzing Acholi philosophical discourse on notions of responsibility and judgment after mass crimes comparatively with German-American philosopher Hannah Arendt’s philosophical considerations on the mass crimes of Nazism and the Holocaust. This comparative framework is intended as one of world philosophies from which to reflect on ideas of justice from a wide range of traditions of thought, that though context-specific and unique, may share important conceptual and practical ground.
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