Apologia Politica : States & Their Apologies by Proxy
Apologia Politica defines and explores the nature of public apology, or what Nicholas Tavuchis calls 'an apology from the many to the many.' Focusing on collectivities and their agencies in the apology process, author Girma Negash examines public apology as ethical and public discourse, recommends criteria for the apology process, analyzes historical and contemporary cases, and formulates a guide to ethical conduct in public apologies.
- Paperback | 194 pages
- 152.4 x 218.4 x 20.3mm | 204.12g
- 30 May 2007
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
A decade and a half ago Nicholas Tavuchis noted that a genuine apology on behalf of a political body 'is an accomplishment of no mean order.' Girma Negash's Apologia Politica is a like accomplishment. He knows the differences between failed and successful apologies by high officials concerning the low deeds of state-sponsored atrocity. The book is a triumph of interdisciplinary research and writing. It combines historical accuracy, political realism, and moral insight concerning one of the greatest of all political challenges: how to mend and heal relations between victims and perpetrators of vast evil? Negash describes credible apology as a combination of acknowledgment of a collective wrong, identification of those responsible, public truth-telling about the wrong, and citizen-supported remorse. It is a rigorous formula. If citizens and political leaders of our vexed global community learn to practice that rigor, the twenty-first century might yet recover from the collective sins of the twentieth. Here is wise guidance into the realization of that hope. -- Donald W. Shriver, Jr, President of the Faculty and William E. Dodge Professor of Applied Christianity Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary With astute theorizing and assiduous scholarship, Girma Negash has produced an outstanding investigation of hitherto neglected yet extremely important ethical and political dimensions of inter-state relations. -- Michael J. Shapiro, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii
About Girma Negash
Girma Negash is professor of political science at the University of South Carolina, Aiken.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 The Problematic of Political Apology Chapter 2 German-Jewish (Israeli) Relations: From Zealous Accountability to Belated Apology Chapter 3 A Political Calculus of Apology: Japan and Its Neighbors Chapter 4 Voices and Silences in Mourning Rwanda Chapter 5 Diplomacy and Crocodile Tears: U.S. Apologies to China Chapter 6 The Limits and Potential of Political Apologies Chapter 7 Bibliography Chapter 8 Index