This Essay was originally prepared for a panel on transitional justice entitled "Justice, Amnesty, and Truth-Telling: Options for Societies in Transition," American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, convention (Atlanta, Dec. 1996).
Can a society be repaired unless its killers, rapists, and torturers are named and exposed? Can it be repaired if its killers, rapists, and torturers are named and exposed? That is the overarching question of transitional justice; it may even be the overarching question of life in human society. Just as no relationship can survive in the complete absence of truth, no relationship can survive in the complete absence of lies, nor in the complete absence of forgiveness.
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Luban, David, "On Dorfman’s ‘Death and the Maiden’" (1998). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. Paper 1754.