Justice, Responsibility and Reconciliation in the Wake of Conflict

  • Alice MacLachlan
  • Allen Speight

Part of the Boston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life book series (BSPR, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Alice MacLachlan, C. Allen Speight
    Pages 1-10
  3. What Is War? What Is Peace?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Nir Eisikovits
      Pages 13-30
    3. Anat Biletzki
      Pages 31-46
    4. François Tanguay-Renaud
      Pages 63-84
  4. Framing Responsibilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Paul Robinson
      Pages 105-116
  5. The Shape of Reconciliation

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-230

About this book


What are the moral obligations of participants and bystanders during—and in the wake of –a conflict?  How have theoretical understandings of justice, peace and responsibility changed in the face of contemporary realities of war? Drawing on the work of leading scholars in the fields of philosophy, political theory, international law, religious studies and peace studies, the collection significantly advances current literature on war, justice and post-conflict reconciliation.  Contributors address some of the most pressing issues of international and civil conflict, including the tension between attributing individual and collective responsibility for the wrongs of war, the trade-offs made between the search for truth and demands for justice, and the conceptual intricacies of coming to understand just what is meant by ‘peace’ and ‘conflict.’ Individual essays also address concrete topics including the international criminal court, reparations, truces, political apologies, truth commissions and criminal trials, with an eye to contemporary examples from conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and North and South America.​


Just War theory conflict resolution international criminal court political apologies post-conflict reconciliation transitional justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Alice MacLachlan
    • 1
  • Allen Speight
    • 2
  1. 1., Philosophy DepartmentYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2., Institute for Philosophy & ReligionBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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