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This paper makes a case for an ethical underpinning for restorative justice. This approach is developed from a neo-Aristotelian perspective. It adapts the conceptual framework of Alasdair MacIntyre for the articulation and resolution of epistemological crises in traditions of enquiry, to the task of providing a critical and analytic framework for considering the crisis of rationale and practice in the contemporary criminal justice-penal archipelago. The author argues that Restitution, conceived in neo-Aristotelian terms, provides a resolution of that crisis. Finally, he foreshadows a debate to be had between the neo-Aristotelian position, and that of Critical Theory on the issue of legitimizing Restitution. (author's abstract)