Ethical restoration after oppressive violence: a philosophical account

January 2015September 2018
ARC Discovery Project

Contemporary political ethics has to face the question of how to repair relations which have broken down after crimes, oppression, and political violence. Using the work of European and feminist philosophers to examine historical and recent cases: post-liberation France, post-genocide Rwanda and post-colonial Australasia and neighbouring countries, this project develops a philosophical account of ethical restoration through focusing on just punishment, forgiveness, reconciliation, building trust, and atonement. The outcomes are a series of journal articles and a monograph. The project contributes to debates and practices concerning restoration of peace and justice and to international scholarship on these issues.


Roundtable: 1 December 2016


  • Dr Magdalena Zolkos (ACU, Sydney)
  • Dr Annie Pohlman (UQ)
  • Dr Daniel Brennan (Bond)
  • Ms Elese Dowden (UQ)
  • Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze (UQ)

Roundtable: 30 November 2015


  • Dr Simone Drichel (Otago, NZ)
  • Dr Stephen McLaughlin (Griffith)
  • Dr Anne Brown (UQ)
  • Professor Roland Bleiker (UQ)
  • Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze (UQ)

Project Publications:

Elese Dowden, (2019). A Camusian Ethic for Reconciliation: Forgiveness and Grief in Australia, New Zealand and Rwanda. PhD Thesis, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland.

Elese Dowden, (2019) ‘Colonial Mind, Colonised Body: Structural Violence and Incarceration in Aotearoa’. Parrhesia 30, 88-102. 1834-3287. Open access.

Marguerite La Caze, (2018) Ethical Restoration after Communal Violence: The Grieving and the Unrepentant, Lanham: Lexington Books

Marguerite La Caze and Magdalena Zolkos, ed. (2019) Contemporary Perspectives on Vladimir Jankélévitch: On What Cannot be Touched, Lanham: Lexington. 978-1-4985-9350-2

Marguerite La Caze, ed. (2018) Phenomenology and Forgiveness, London: Rowman and Littlefield International. HB 978-1-7866-0778-2

Marguerite La Caze, (2021) ‘Iris Marion Young’s Political Philosophy.’ Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Ed. Mortimer Sellers, Stefan Kirste (and Sally Scholz), New York: Springer, forthcoming 28th June 2021. Published on-line first 31.7.17. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_48-1 Open Access. Print+ebook ISBN: 978-94-007-6740-9

Marguerite La Caze, (2019) ‘Judging in Times of Crisis: Wonder, Admiration, and Emulation.’ The Moral Psychology of Admiration, Ed. Alfred Archer and André Grahle, London: Rowman and Littlefield International, 129-48.  978-1-78660-768-3

Marguerite La Caze, (2019) ‘“I can’t beat it”: Dimensions of the Bad Conscience in Manchester by the Sea.’ Contemporary Perspectives on Vladimir Jankélévitch: On What Cannot be Touched, Ed. Marguerite La Caze and Magdalena Zolkos, Lanham: Lexington. 149859350X

Marguerite La Caze, (2018) ‘Teaching and Learning Guide for Iris Marion Young’s Legacy for Feminist Theory.’ Philosophy Compass; e12500. 

Marguerite La Caze, (2017) ‘Emotional Enlightenment: Kant on Love and the Beautiful.’ Rethinking the Enlightenment: Between History, Philosophy, and Politics, Ed. Geoff Boucher and Henry Martyn Lloyd. Lanham: Lexington Books, 199-219. 978-1498558129

Marguerite La Caze, (2017) ‘Pretending Peace: Provisional Political Trust and Sincerity in Kant and Améry.’ Sincerity in Politics and International Relations, Ed. Sorin Baiasu and Sylvie Loriaux, London: Routledge, 156-72.  Open access. 978-0-415-70417-5

Marguerite La Caze, (2017) ‘It’s Easier to Lie If You Believe It Yourself: Derrida, Arendt, and the Modern Lie.’ Special Issue on Mendacity and the Law, Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Vol. 13, No.2, 193-210.

Marguerite La Caze, (2016) ‘The Language of Violence: Chiastic Encounters.’ Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions, Vol.55, No.1, 115-27. Open Access.  ISSN: 0038-1527 (Print) 1873-930X (Online)

Marguerite La Caze, (2015) ‘Possible and Impossible Reciprocity: Love and Hate in Beauvoir.’ Thinking about Love: Essays in Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Ed. Antonio Calcagno and Diane Enns. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2015, 186-200. 978-0-271-07096-4

Marguerite La Caze, (2015) ‘Self-forgiveness and Arendt: In Search of a Magic Spell.’ Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy. 24. 38-63. Open access. ISSN: 1834-3287.

Resources Hub

Associated Links:

Atrocity in warfare: a social and cultural history


Useful Links:

Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsbility to Protect

International Centre for Transitional Justice

Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network

Governance and Social Development Resource Centre


PhD Researcher on the project


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Atrocity in warfare: a social and cultural history

Project members

Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze

Professor Marguerite La Caze

Professor in Philosophy, Director Indigenous Engagement