Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation

Paperback | March 15, 2015

byDaniel Philpott

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Winner of the 2013 Christianity Today Book Award in Missions / Global AffairsWinner of the Aldersgate Prize Honorable MentionWinner of the International Ethics Section Book AwardIn the wake of massive injustice, how can justice be achieved and peace restored? Is it possible to find a universal standard that will work for people of diverse and often conflicting religious, cultural, and philosophical backgrounds? In Just and Unjust Peace, Daniel Philpott offers an innovative and hopeful response to these questions. He challenges the approach to peace-building that dominates the United Nations, western governments, and the human rights community. While he shares their commitments to human rights anddemocracy, Philpott argues that these values alone cannot redress the wounds caused by war, genocide, and dictatorship. Both justice and the effective restoration of political order call for a more holistic, restorative approach. Philpott answers that call by proposing a form of politicalreconciliation that is deeply rooted in three religious traditions - - Christianity, Islam, and Judaism - as well as the restorative justice movement. These traditions offer the fullest expressions of the core concepts of justice, mercy, and peace. By adapting these ancient concepts to modernconstitutional democracy and international norms, Philpott crafts an ethic that has widespread appeal and offers real hope for the restoration of justice in fractured communities. From the roots of these traditions, Philpott develops six practices - building just institutions and relations betweenstates, acknowledgment, reparations, restorative punishment, apology and, most important, forgiveness - which he then applies to real cases, identifying how each practice redresses a unique set of wounds. Focusing on places as varied as Bosnia, Iraq, South Africa, Germany, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Chile and many others--and drawing upon the actual experience of victims and perpetrators - Just and Unjust Peace offers a fresh approach to the age-old problem of restoring justice in the aftermath ofwidespread injustice.

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Winner of the 2013 Christianity Today Book Award in Missions / Global AffairsWinner of the Aldersgate Prize Honorable MentionWinner of the International Ethics Section Book AwardIn the wake of massive injustice, how can justice be achieved and peace restored? Is it possible to find a universal standard that will work for people of dive...

Daniel Philpott is Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he is affiliated with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. His books include Revolutions in Sovereignty, God's Century, The Politics of Past Evil, and Strategies of Peace.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190248351

ISBN - 13:9780190248352

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IntroductionPart One: Reconciliation as a Concept of Justice1. Whose Justice?2. The Basic Standards of Justice3. The Wounds of Political Injustice4. Reconciliation as a Concept of Justice5. Is Reconciliation Fit for Politics?Part Two: Religion and Reconciliation6. Is Religion Fit For Reconciliation?7. Reconciliation in the Jewish Tradition8. Reconciliation in the Christian Tradition9. Reconciliation in the Islamic TraditionPart Three: Practicing Political Reconciliation10. Four Practices: Building Institutions for Social Justice, Acknowledgment, Reparations, and Apology11. Punishment12. ForgivenessConclusion

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"provocative and innovative....Philpott makes a compelling case for placing reconciliation at the core of our thinking about justice and for theorizing justice in a more comprehensive manner." --Ethics