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"....Murphy's Moral Theory is a nice addition to the literature.... Murphy presents an unapologetically ideal account of political community -- one which both expresses respect for and supports certain capacities of its citizens -- and the goal of political reconciliation is to bring this about...."
--Kendy M. Hess, College of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


"....Murphy's book offers a great deal to readers interested in the political philosophy of reconciliation. The discussions of the rule of law, political trust, and the general framework for reconciliation in particular are rich and insightful. Moreover, the book helps to fill an unfortunate gap in the literature on reconciliation by offering an extended systematic political philosophical account of reconciliation that is analytically sharp and morally insightful. It thereby helps us to understand better the moral issues in political reconciliation, and, I expect, will help to repair the shameful dearth of philosophical attention given to these matters by encouraging other political philosophers to think carefully about them."
--Darrel Moellendorf, Philosophy Department, San Diego State University, Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy


"....This is a well-argued analysis of some of the damage that civil conflicts and repressive governments do to political relationships, especially in postauthoritarian transitional societies...."
--Stephen L. Esquith, Michigan State University, Perspectives on Politics


"Colleen Murphy provides us with an original, nuanced, well-written and analytically incisive diagnosis of how political relationships fail and what it takes to fix them. This is an important and timely book furthering both our understanding of what counts, normatively, as a healthy polity and what can be done practically to nurse war-torn communities back to health.... The book is a display of analytic political philosophy at its best, seamlessly blending the normative and practical aspects of post war repair. It is sure to become a central text in the growing literature in this field."
--Nir Eisikovits, Suffolk University, Human Rights Quarterly


"...A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation offers theorists and practitioners of reconciliation a wealth of thoughtful insights and useful theoretical tools for navigating the murky waters of post-conflict repair. It also invites us to rethink the nature of political relationships more generally, both as they ought to be and as they fall away from this ideal. Finally, Murphy's desiderata for a theory of political reconciliation and her own answers to those desiderata raise the bar for future philosophical interventions. For all these reasons, her book is a welcome addition to ongoing discussions of political transitions."
--Alice MacLachlan, Transnational Legal Theory


"...the book balances sophisticated philosophical reasoning with concrete guidelines for existing political orders.... the book balances a stress on the political character of the ethic with a concern for the moral attitudes and beliefs of citizens.... Murphy achieves a nice balance between parsimony and complexity..."
--Daniel Philpott, University of Notre Dame, Journal of Moral Philosophy

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In this book, Colleen Murphy analyses the difficulties for political relationships which arise from civil conflict and repression. She proposes a new normative model of political relationships and highlights the complex changes required to transform and repair political relationships in transitional societies.

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