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Strategies of Peace$
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Daniel Philpott and Gerard Powers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395914.001.0001

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Reconciliation: An Ethic for Peacebuilding

Reconciliation: An Ethic for Peacebuilding

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Strategies of Peace

John Paul Lederach (Contributor Webpage)

R. Scott Appleby

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the applicability of a political ethic of reconciliation to cases of gross human rights violations and past political injustices, drawing on reconciliation’s central virtue—mercy—as found in various religious traditions, international human rights discourse, and the liberal tradition. The chapter brings to light not only a deeper meaning of the term reconciliation as a concept of justice, but also what political reconciliation translates to in practice for victims, perpetrators, and state institutions. Like peacebuilding, an ethic of reconciliation at the political and state level involves a multiplicity of practices that are often viewed as mutually exclusive. However, Philpott illustrates through engaging key critiques of reconciliation that when taken together these restorative practices constitute a unique and holistic ethic of reconciliation for political healing.

Keywords:   peacebuilding, reconciliation, mercy, human rights violation, justice, political reconciliation

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