This chapter introduces the central question of the book: What does justice consist of in the wake of its massive despoliation? It then outlines reconciliation as the book's central answer to this question. It sets forth the six practices of reconciliation that will be explored later in the book. It contrasts reconciliation with the liberal peace, the globally dominant approach to justice in the wake of massive human rights violations. It then makes a case for the role of religion in an ethic of political reconciliation. It closes with a discussion of the major settings for an ethic of political reconciliation—the aftermath of civil war, genocide, dictatorship, international war, and international intervention.
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