Towards inclusive remembrance after the 'Troubles': a South African perspective

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Title: Towards inclusive remembrance after the 'Troubles': a South African perspective
Authors: Verwoerd, Wilhelm
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Date: 2003
Abstract: This paper is a reflection on an underlying moral dynamic of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), namely inclusive moral remembrance. The TRC strove to provide an inclusive forum for many of those harmed and those responsible for harming on all sides of the conflict, in contrast to the exclusivist, ethnic remembrance characterising Afrikaner nationalist remembrance after the Anglo Boer War. Examples from the TRC process highlight the tension-filled balancing acts required to remember the horrific suffering of many, without forgetting the humanity of those responsible; to celebrate our ability to transcend the horrible, without denying a shared potential for evil. These philosophical reflections are hopefully of some relevance to current debates on these islands about appropriate, creative responses to the hurt and harming associated with the “troubles”.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 35
Copyright (published version): The author, 2003
Keywords: South AfricaTruth CommissionNorthern IrelandConflict resolution
Subject LCSH: Truth commissions--Philosophy
South Africa. Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Conflict management--Northern Ireland
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: This is the revised text of the fourteenth annual John Henry Whyte Memorial Lecture presented at University College Dublin on 20 November 2003.
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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