In Rethinking Justice, Richard H. Bell lifts up and restores an idea of justice found in classical writers such as Socrates and Seneca as well as in more recent thinkers. Justice, classically, has dealt with righting wrongs and restoring peace to individuals and human communities. We have lost sight of this in our modern political and legal dealings and must find a way to return it to mind and to practice. Each chapter looks at ways to restore such reconciliatory practices to the idea of justice that can be found in our contemporary life and literature and focuses on numerous recent cases of abuse of justice among individuals, groups and nations. Bell approaches justice as a concept that goes hand in hand with compassion, mercy, and trust. Rethinking Justice reminds us that we have an obligation to foster peace, be merciful, and promote reconciliation with our brothers and sisters in humanity.
Richard H. Bell is Frank Halliday Ferris Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the College of Wooster.
Part 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 The Concept of Justice: Recent Perspectives Chapter 5 Justice: Human Dignity and Equality Chapter 6 Mercy and the Cultivation of Humanity Chapter 7 Justice Across Boundaries I: The Moral and Literary Imagination Chapter 8 Justice Across Boundaries II: Human Development and Obligations Chapter 9 Restorative Justice and Deliberative Democracy Chapter 10 Spirituality and Justice: Restoring Our Humanity Chapter 11 Epilogue