The Resource Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions : The Morality of Truth Commissions, edited by Robert I. Rotberg, Dennis Thompson

Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions : The Morality of Truth Commissions, edited by Robert I. Rotberg, Dennis Thompson

Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions : The Morality of Truth Commissions
Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions
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The Morality of Truth Commissions
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edited by Robert I. Rotberg, Dennis Thompson
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  • eng
  • Rights, Action, and Social Responsibility: Public debates surrounding immigration policy, climate change, international relations, and constitutional and human rights are currently at the forefront of our national discourse. Critical reasoning, supported through academic research is needed. As a result, De Gruyter, along with its partner presses, is making freely available books and journal articles across nine topical areas for all students and faculty. Broadening access to this scholarship enables more people to address these issues in an informed manner: it helps us combat false news sources, to consider the nature of truth and ethics, and to understand the struggles of all members of society
  • The truth commission is an increasingly common fixture of newly democratic states with repressive or strife-ridden pasts. From South Africa to Haiti, truth commissions are at work with varying degrees of support and success. To many, they are the best--or only--way to achieve a full accounting of crimes committed against fellow citizens and to prevent future conflict. Others question whether a restorative justice that sets the guilty free, that cleanses society by words alone, can deter future abuses and allow victims and their families to heal. Here, leading philosophers, lawyers, social scientists, and activists representing several perspectives look at the process of truth commissioning in general and in post-apartheid South Africa. They ask whether the truth commission, as a method of seeking justice after conflict, is fair, moral, and effective in bringing about reconciliation. The authors weigh the virtues and failings of truth commissions, especially the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in their attempt to provide restorative rather than retributive justice. They examine, among other issues, the use of reparations as social policy and the granting of amnesty in exchange for testimony. Most of the contributors praise South Africa's decision to trade due process for the kinds of truth that permit closure. But they are skeptical that such revelations produce reconciliation, particularly in societies that remain divided after a compromise peace with no single victor, as in El Salvador. Ultimately, though, they find the truth commission to be a worthy if imperfect instrument for societies seeking to say "never again" with confidence. At a time when truth commissions have been proposed for Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, East Timor, Cambodia, Nigeria, Palestine, and elsewhere, the authors' conclusion that restorative justice provides positive gains could not be more important. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Amy Gutmann, Rajeev Bhargava, Elizabeth Kiss, David A. Crocker, André du Toit, Alex Boraine, Dumisa Ntsebeza, Lisa Kois, Ronald C. Slye, Kent Greenawalt, Sanford Levinson, Martha Minow, Charles S. Maier, Charles Villa-Vicencio, and Wilhelm Verwoerd
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  • 323/.06
  • 323/.06
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In English
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  • DT1945
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.T78 2000eb
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The University Center for Human Values Series
Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions : The Morality of Truth Commissions, edited by Robert I. Rotberg, Dennis Thompson
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online resource
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  • Bhargava, Rajeev
  • IV Moral Ambition Within and Beyond Political Constraints: Reflections on Restorative Justice
  • Kiss, Elizabeth
  • V. Truth Commissions, Transitional Justice, and Civil Society
  • Crocker, David A.
  • VI. The Moral Foundations of the South African TRC: Truth as Acknowledgment and Justice as Recognition
  • Toit, André Du
  • VII. Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: The Third Way
  • Boraine, Alex
  • VIII. The Uses of Truth Commissions: Lessons for the World
  • Frontmatter
  • Ntsebeza, Dumisa B.
  • IX. Amnesty, Truth, and Reconciliation: Reflections on the South African Amnesty Process
  • Slye, Ronald C.
  • X. Amnesty’s Justice
  • Greenawalt, Kent
  • XI. Trials, Commissions, and Investigating Committees: The Elusive Search for Norms of Due Process
  • Levinson, Sanford
  • XII. The Hope for Healing:What Can Truth Commissions Do?
  • Minow, Martha
  • XIII. Doing History, Doing Justice: The Narrative of the Historian and of the Truth Commission
  • Contents
  • Maier, Charles S.
  • XIV. Constructing a Report: Writing Up the "Truth"
  • Villa-Vicencio, Charles ; Verwoerd, Wilhelm
  • The Contributors
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • I. Truth Commissions And The Provision Of Truth, Justice, And Reconciliation
  • Rotberg, Robert I.
  • II. The Moral Foundations of Truth Commissions
  • Gutmann, Amy ; Thompson, Dennis
  • III. Restoring Decency to Barbaric Societies
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Free access to a collection across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. De Gruyter Rights, Action, and Social Responsibility
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  • (OCoLC)593209737
  • (DE-B1597)9781400832033
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