Emanuela Ceva, Interactive Justice: A Proceduralist Approach to Value Conflict in Politics
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Deep value conflicts are a pervasive feature of contemporary societies. How to deal with such conflicts is not only a pragmatic question, but also a moral one. In her book Interactive Justice, Emanuela Ceva argues that conflict management procedures constitute a distinct sphere of justice which she calls ‘interactive justice’.
On the most abstract level, interactive justice requires that ‘each side to a conflict should be heard’, following Stuart Hampshire’s ‘adversary argumentation principle’ (112, 133). This principle provides a standard for just interaction in conflicts that is supposed to apply across different contexts (100). But, depending on the relative context, it has to be translated into more concrete conflict management procedures. Such procedures can involve mediation or ‘sustained dialogue’ (as developed by Harold Saunders), and sometimes de-escalation measures may have to precede proper conflict management (149–162). The general goal of conflict management procedures is...