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Remembrance of Things Past? The Relationship of Past to Future in Pursuing Justice in Mediation

Menkel-Meadow, Carrie J
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. 5: 97-115.

Often, much of the emphasis in mediation and conflict resolution focuses on moving forward, on future-oriented thinking and feeling. However, asks Carrie Menkel-Meadow, what must be remembered and acknowledged before people or parties in conflict can move forward to create a future together? Similarly, to borrow from Avishai Margalit, is there an ethics of memory? Menkel-Meadow expresses her concern about the role of the past in achieving justice in conflicts such as divorce, commerce, employment, crime, and more. Hence, in this article she seeks to explore some of the issues and tensions in the role of temporality in achieving justice through meditative processes.


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