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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 1 MT09 - CANCELLED

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 1 MT09 - CANCELLED
Start Date 12th Oct 2009 4:30pm
End Date 12th Oct 2009 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours
Description

Lucy Allais (Sussex/Witwatersrand) 'Retributive Justice, Restorative Justice, and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage

Abstract

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was one of the primary means the post-apartheid state used to respond to atrocities during the apartheid era. There are three standard views on the moral justification of the TRC. One view is that it was morally wrong, because it was an unjustifiable compromise with justice. Those who see it as morally justified see it either as an acceptable compromise with justice, or as giving expression to a different kind of justice from retributive justiceØrestorative justice. My aim in this paper is to examine the ways in which the TRC exemplified restorative justice, as part of a more general aim, which is to use this to help us evaluate the dispute between restorative and retributive justice, and the extent to which restorative justice really is a new paradigm of justice. I argue that although the TRC was not retributive, there is a way of seeing it as compatible with the moral grounds underlying retributive justice. I use this analysis to distinguish between two models of restorative justice, one of which is compatible with the moral grounds underlying retributivism, and which could be incorporated into a basically retributivist system.

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