Society of Christian Etihcs/Philosophy Documentation Center
Tragically, ethnic conflicts have become one of the hallmarks of the post-Cold War era. In response to this, two distinct traditions appear to be emerging.The first continues the classical just war tradition while the second represents a new "reconciliation tradition," built largely around questions of restorative justice in areas of social division. Our goal in this essay is to begin a rapprochement of these divergent traditions by asking the question, what does a restorative justice perspective offer to the just war tradition? We proceed in three stages: first, we survey the current state of the just war tradition; second, we introduce the reconciliation tradition, drawing on both reconciliation thinkers and the practical experience of experiments in social reconciliation in South Africa and Rwanda; and third, we draw these two traditions together with a series of constructive proposals for how the reconciliation tradition can enrich the just war tradition.
Gaudet, M. J., & O’Neill, W. R. (2011). Restoring Peace: Toward a Conversation between the Just War and Reconciliation Traditions. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 31(1), 37–55. https://doi.org/10.5840/jsce201131129