Taking Wrongs Seriously by Trudy Govier
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Taking Wrongs Seriously
By Trudy Govier

Taking Wrongs Seriously

Acknowledgment, Reconciliation, and the Politics of Sustainable Peace

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Taking Wrongs Seriously by Trudy Govier

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How can we respond in the aftermath of wrongdoing? How can social trust be restored in the wake of intense political conflict? In this challenging work, philosopher Trudy Govier explores central dilemmas of political reconciliation, employing illustrative material from Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Peru, and elsewhere. Govier stresses that reconciliation is fundamentally about relationships. Whether through means of truth commissions, apologies, community processes, or criminal trials, the basic goal of reconciliation is improved social trust among alienated individuals and groups. A major strength of Govier's approach is her creative practical framework for reflection. She explains that people should not to be identified with the roles they may have played, and she points out that, with reference to wrongs committed in political conflicts, individuals often play several roles. The perpetrators of some acts can be the victims of others; the victims in some circumstances may become responsive interveners in others. Rare is the political conflict in which one group commits all wrongs. Govier argues that, to build social trust and sustainable peace, acknowledgement of past wrongs is crucial. The need for mutuality in acknowledgement is an under-appreciated aspect of the aftermath of conflicts. She further examines the themes of responsibility (individual, collective, and shared); apology; forgiveness; reparations; the rehabilitation of child soldiers; the problems of monetary compensation; and truth-telling and truth commissions. Govier's lucid style and willingness to explore counter-arguments make this a lively and thought-provoking work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781591024255
ISBN-10: 1591024250
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 145mm x 22mm)
Pages: 303
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Trudy Govier

Victims and Victimhood by Trudy Govier Victims and Victimhood, Paperback (February 2015)

A thoughtful examination of the ways in which we can best respond to victims.

Delicate Balance by Trudy Govier Delicate Balance, Paperback (July 2004)

A thoughtful treatment of terrorism, synthesizing recent world events with the ideas of major philosophers including Plato, Hobbes, Nietzsche, and others to provide a foundation of hope for the future"

Dilemmas of Reconciliation by Trudy Govier Dilemmas of Reconciliation, Paperback (April 2003)

Explores the possibility of forgiveness. This book draws upon the insights of history, political science, philosophy, and psychology to examine the trauma left in the wake of civil wars and genocidal policies. It offers insights about measures that can be taken to facilitate healing, and summarizes what has been learned from previous struggles.

Forgiveness and Revenge by Trudy Govier Forgiveness and Revenge, Paperback (April 2002)

This is a powerful exploration of our attitudes to serious wrong-doings and a careful examination of the values that underlie our thinking about revenge and forgiveness.This text examines the impact of revenge and forgiveness.

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Author Biography - Trudy Govier

Trudy Govier (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada), associate professor of philosophy at the University of Lethbridge, is the author of A Practical Study of Argument, Forgiveness and Revenge, The Philosophy of Argument, and A Delicate Balance, among other books.

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