Released on 11 OCT 2012

Just and Unjust Peace

“Just and Unjust Peace is a book of optimism, of hope, of insistently seeing the glass as half full. Humane but not fatuous or sappy, it is the exit ramp off Apocalypse Highway. One wants Philpott to be right, and wishes him the best in his peacemaking efforts.” - The New Republic

  • Challenges and offers a distinct alternative to the dominant approach to peacebuilding in the world today.
  • Turns to religious traditions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in particular--to find the tools of peacebuilding.

In the wake of massive injustice how can justice be achieved and peace restored? Is it possible to find a universal standard that will work for people of diverse and often conflicting religious, cultural, and philosophical backgrounds?

Daniel Philpott offers an innovative and hopeful response to these questions by challenging the approach to peace-building that dominates the United Nations, western governments, and the human rights community. Without discarding a commitment to human rights and democracy, Philpott suggests these commitments are inadequate without a more a holistic, restorative approach of both justice and restoration. Philpott proposes that by adapting modern constitutional democracy to the ancient concepts of justice, mercy, and peace as embodied in Christianity, Islam and Judaism, there is real hope for restoration of justice in fractured communities.

Focusing on places as varied as Bosnia, Iraq, South Africa, Germany, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Chile and many others--and drawing upon the actual experience of victims and perpetrators--Just and Unjust Peace offers a fresh approach to the age-old problem of restoring justice in the aftermath of widespread injustice.

9780199827565 | £18.99 | 11 October 2012

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