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Crimes against humanity and the ethics of power

This paper consists of four parts: (i) The first part develops a phenomenological description of power as an interpersonal relationship of influence of a human being over some other human being and aim to show that the two fundaments of any ethics of power are the respect of the recipient of the relationship – which is a human dignity endowed with a dignity - and the intentional and transcendent character of the relation itself. (ii) The second part is dedicated to the question why power is a temptation for man, namely the use of power can easily turned into abuse. (iii) The third part inquiries hatred as that specific temptation of power which can motivate some human being to perform criminal acts against humanity. (iv) The fourth and final part of the paper aims to summarize the different moral responsibilities of any human being in the fight against genocide and other crimes against humanity.

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