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On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies Mihaela Mihai

On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies

Mihaela Mihai

Published August 18th 2014
ISBN : 9781322048109
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259 pages
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Recent decades have witnessed a sharp rise in the number of state apologies for historical and more recent injustices, ranging from enslavement to displacement and from violations oftreaties to war crimes, all providing the backdrop to displays ofMoreRecent decades have witnessed a sharp rise in the number of state apologies for historical and more recent injustices, ranging from enslavement to displacement and from violations oftreaties to war crimes, all providing the backdrop to displays of official regret. Featuring a host ofleading authors in the field, this book seeks to contribute to the growing literature on officialapologies by effectively combining philosophical reflection and empirical analysis. It achievestwo interrelated goals: it enriches the theoretical debates on the nature and functions ofapologies while bringing forth new insights from hitherto unexamined normative horizons. It further addresses often overlooked aspects of political apologies, such as their non-verbaldimension as well as religious overtones, while testing theoretical reflections through encounterswith real practices of state apologies. Finally, the book explores the obstacles to, and the limitations of, political apologies.The result is an excellent interdisciplinary volume that affords the reader a better understanding of conditions for a legitimate and successful state apology.