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The Healing of Nations : The Promise and Limits of Political Forgiveness - Mark R. Amstutz

The Healing of Nations

The Promise and Limits of Political Forgiveness

Paperback Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780742535817
Number Of Pages: 283

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How does one forgive an international political transgression as deep as genocide or apartheid? Forgiveness is often conceived of as an element of personal morality, and even at that it is difficult. This book argues that it is also an essential part of political ethics, especially when dealing with collective wrongdoing by political regimes. In the past, a retributive justice demanding prosecution and punishment of all past offenses has kept the international community away from moving on to the next step in regime change. Here, Mark Amstutz takes a restorative justice approach, calling for nations to account for crimes through truth commissions, public apology and repentance, reparations, and ultimately forgiveness and the lifting of deserved penalties. The distinctive feature of forgiveness is the balance it strikes between backward-looking accountability and forward-looking reconciliation. The Healing of Nations combines a theory of the role of forgiveness in public life with four key case studies that test this ethic: Argentina, Chile, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. Amstutz uses the hard cases to illustrate the promise and limits of forgiving without forgetting. Visit our website for sample chapters!

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A careful discussion of philosophical and theological writings on forgiveness, guilt, justice, and reconciliation...--Political Studies Review

Confronting human rights abuses : approaches to transitional justicep. 17
The nature and purpose of forgivenessp. 41
The possibility and promise of political forgivenessp. 66
Justice, reconciliation, and political forgivenessp. 91
Retributive justice and the limits of forgiveness in Argentinap. 114
The quest for reconciliation through truth telling in Chilep. 139
Intractable politics without truth or forgiveness : the case of Northern Irelandp. 164
The promise of reconciliation through truth and some forgiveness in South Africap. 187
Conclusion : toward a theory of political forgivenessp. 211
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ISBN: 9780742535817
ISBN-10: 0742535819
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 283
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39