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Defining justice in Libya and Egypt

Robert Joustra

Texjoe
September 18, 2012

This is thought-provoking. I wonder, though, what this looks like practically. This is an altogether idealistic, "pie in the sky" take on foreign policy. Is this kind of "justice" the work of the government or the work of the Gospel?

Robert Joustra
September 18, 2012

Hi there, I think it would be idealistic if the framework precluded the other aspects of justice, but it doesn't. What Philpott is saying is really nothing more than an overdue emphasis on some of the key components of Just War, mainly that if you make war, you are responsible for the subsequent peace. As to whether reconciliation as intrinsic to justice can be a normative task of government this side of the eschaton, I believe it can. But this means that you need to embrace a view of government as something more than a necessary evil, and of politics as fundamental to the human condition, not merely "restraining the licentiousness of man." That's a bigger conversation. I really do recommend Dan's book on the topic, which is very good, and somewhat belies internet comment conversations.

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