chapter  5
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Countercriticism: The Human Rights Struggle and the Need for Justification

ByJan Gorecki

However convincing the preceding criticism may be, objective justification is important and so is the search for it. The importance of justification is of two kinds, pragmatic and fundamental, and I will start, rather extensively, with the former, and only then turn to the latter kind. The pragmatic importance was noted briefly in an earlier chapter; it comes from the enhanced persuasiveness of the ethical norms believed objectively justified, and the persuasiveness constitutes, in turn, a major determinant of the wide acceptance of those norms. This determinant is badly needed by those who struggle for human rights—it may help them to overcome the immense difficulty of their endeavor.