Philosophia 44 (4):1099-1124 (2016)

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Bill Wringe
Bilkent University
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It is sometimes thought that the normative justification for responding to large-scale violations of human rights via the judicial appararatus of trial and punishment is undermined by the desirability of reconciliation between conflicting parties as part of the process of conflict resolution. I take there to be philosophical, as well as practical and psychological issues involved here: on some conceptions of punishment and reconciliation, the attitudes that they involve conflict with one another on rational grounds. But I shall argue that there is a conception of political reconciliation available which does not involve forgiveness and this forms of reconciliation may be the best we can hope for in many conflicts. Reconciliation is nevertheless likely to require the expression of what Darrell Moellendorf has called 'political regret' and the denunciatory role aspect of punishment makes it particularly well-suited to this role.
Keywords Punishment  Forgiveness  Reconciliation  Expressive Theories of Punishment  Antony Duff  Denunciatory Theories of Punishment  Publicity  Atrocities  Post-conflict Justice  Jus Post Bellum
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