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Description - Taking Wrongs Seriously by Trudy Govier

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
Pages: 303
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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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.

Books By Trudy Govier

Victims and Victimhood by Trudy Govier
Paperback, January 2015
Forgiveness and Revenge by Trudy Govier
Hardback, April 2002
Socrates' Children by Trudy Govier
Paperback, June 1997
God, the Devil and the Perfect Pizza by Trudy Govier
Paperback, January 1990