How literature can inform human rights

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Tim Robertson

Literature can transform our view of the world and help foster a sense of empathy for the suffering of others.

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The American philosopher Richard Rorty believed that the best way to combat human rights violations was to engage people emotionally, rather that rationally. He believed that a global culture of human rights, which in essence is a universally shared sense of humanity, could unite people from different backgrounds.

About the author

Tim Robertson is a freelance journalist and writer. He divides his time between Melbourne and Beijing. He has written for various national and international publications including Right Now, Crikey, New Matilda, Kill Your Darlings and Overland. You can follow him on twitter @timrobertson12