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“The Reek of Cruelty and the Quest for Healing – Where Retributive and Restorative Justice Meet”

Villa-Vicencio, Charles
June 4, 2015

Source: (1998) Journal of Law and Religion. 14:165-187

These arguments on behalf of revenge bring into sharp relief two seemingly contradictory models for responding to radical evil. Both are morally defensible, and carry a measure of socio-political appeal. Both give expression to a measure of psychological and spiritual satisfaction. In reality, for victims and communities there is more common ground between them than would appear to be the case. I will argue that models of restorative and retributive justice, properly conceived, belong together. Each is a corrective of the other. To explore this proposition I shall briefly identify the religious and cultural origins of justice and revenge as these impact on popular understanding of justice. (excerpt)


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