Contrition and Community: A Gewirthian Interpretation of State Apologies

dc.contributor.authorKekewich, Michael
dc.identifier.citationSource: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 49-06, page: 3530.
dc.description.abstractThis paper provides a philosophical understanding of state apologies by applying Gewirth's deontological theory. Through application of the principle of generic consistency, I contend that a state apology can be understood as a moral obligation concurrent with human rights. Subsequently, I attempt to solidify the Gewirthian understanding of state apology by integrating current understandings of the practice into the Gewirthian model of the community of rights. Here, I also suggest that the psychosocial biography of the community of rights strengthens the Gewirthian interpretation of state apology. Finally, I examine the merits of the U.S. apology for the Tuskegee Syphilis Study from this Gewirthian perspective. Ultimately, I conclude that the Gewirthian application is successful in its ability to clarify the reasons for which state apologies are given, as well as the goals they should accomplish.
dc.format.extent104 p.
dc.publisherUniversity of Ottawa (Canada)
dc.titleContrition and Community: A Gewirthian Interpretation of State Apologies
CollectionTh├Ęses, 1910 - 2010 // Theses, 1910 - 2010

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