Jurecic, Q. B. (2015). Records of Anguish: Democracy, Dirty Hands, and the Myth of the Tragic Politician. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.1115
This thesis examines common approaches to political action and moral responsibility in order to identify a particular narrative of dirty hands, through which we conceptualize the particular moral burdens of the political sphere. Studying this narrative as it manifests in political fiction and the American drone program under the Obama administration, the thesis argues that the dirty hands narrative is compelling but fundamentally antidemocratic in its focus on the isolated, anguished conscience of a single leader.