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Response: Justice as active peace.

Wilmerding, John
June 4, 2015

Source: (2012) Contemporary Justice Review. 15(2):191-195.

Dennis Sullivan’s treatise ‘Rambling through the fields of justice,’ is a satisfying
read, in and of itself. In writing it, Dennis has demonstrated that he knows what
justice really is. However, more service can be done to justice’s description and definition.
I thought I would try to do so by attempting to view justice through a
‘restorative justice’ perspective.
We know, of course, of restorative justice as a titular movement for change, for
reform of western cultures’ punishment-based systems. That is what the term means
in the conventional contemporary context. Yet, few stop to think that in the original
cultures from whom the west borrowed many of the methods now called restorative
justice, all those who used those methods were trying to do was achieve something
called ‘justice’ itself. (excerpt)


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