February 22, 2001: Toward a Politics of the Vulnerable Body
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2009
2003 by Hypatia, Inc.
Special Issue: Feminist Philosophy and the Problem of Evil
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 116–134, February 2003
How to Cite
BERGOFFEN, D. (2003), February 22, 2001: Toward a Politics of the Vulnerable Body. Hypatia, 18: 116–134. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2003.tb00782.x
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2009
On February 22, 2001, three Bosnian Serb soldiers were found guilty of crimes against humanity. Their offense? Rape. This is the first time that rape has been pros-ecuted and condemned as a crime against humanity. Appealing to Jacques Derrida's democracy of the perhaps and Judith Butler's politics of performative contradiction, I see this judgment inaugurating a politics of the vulnerable body which challenges current understandings of evil, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.