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From the Publisher"In I was Wrong, Nick Smith provided a unique and richly complex introduction to the world of apologies. Now, in this engaging follow up, Justice through Apologies, he has extended his analysis into their use in criminal and civil law. A feature of his earlier book - wonderful illustrations and endless provocative questions - graces the present one, challenging glibness and ensuring that his work will remain a go-to resource for those who, like Smith, are both impressed by the moral power of apologies but troubled by their performative exploitation."
John Kleinig, Emeritus, Department of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
"The notion of apology is a complex phenomenon - it implicates timeless questions of ethics and morality, but it also has become a ritual in public and political life at time of great media scrutiny of our leaders, and of course it also is embedded in formal legal procedure at a time when most convictions result from guilty pleas and most lawsuits result in settlements. Nick Smith's new book addresses all these aspects of apology and remorse, and it should be fascinating for a wide variety of audiences. It is at once a deep essay in the mode of moral philosophy, a broad-ranging work of social anthropology, and a rigorous work of legal analysis."
Robert Weisberg, Stanford Law School
"Smith’s theoretical discussion of apology in law is a major contribution to our understanding of both the range of objections that might be raised to apology reductions as well as the interlocking reasons for accepting apology reductions. This is, quite simply, an impressively systematic and comprehensive account."
Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona State University