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The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice

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2018.03.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Colleen Murphy, The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice, Cambridge University Press, 221pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107449688. Reviewed by Patti Lenard, University of Ottawa It is an immense pleasure to read a text in moral philosophy that tackles a large and complicated topic, in which the author refuses to shy away from its messy details. Colleen Murphy does just that in this book, in which she sets as her task a nearly impossible one, to construct a new understanding of justice that is appropriate for societies transitioning away conflict and repression, towards stability and democratic rule. Murphy's objective, therefore, is to articulate "what transitional justice demands" (p. 6). This task is especially complicated, because what it will demand in particular states is context-dependent; every transitional society is transitioning in its own way, struggling with context-specific injustices in. . .

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