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Title: Empathy and Human Rights: the Case of Religious Dress
Authors: Cumper, Peter
Lewis, Tom
First Published: 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Human Rights Law Review, 2018, in press
Abstract: In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic 1960 novel about racism in the deep south of the USA, the lawyer Atticus Finch explains to his six year old daughter the benefits of adopting the perspectives of other people: ‘… if you can learn a simple trick Scout, you’ll get on better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – … – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’ A more eloquent yet simple encapsulation of the concept of empathy is hard to find. Just as empathy – or the process of ‘‘feeling with’ another’ – was seen by Harper Lee as a way of challenging racial prejudice in a conservative US town, so too will it be argued here that the principle of empathy offers significant opportunities for a better understanding of difference in a socially fragmented Europe. [From introduction]
ISSN: 1461-7781
eISSN: 1744-1021
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, OUP. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until 24 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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