Today I’m launching a blog to talk about issues surrounding reconciliation, particularly how people with diverse perspectives, tempted to live at odds with one another, can cooperate nonetheless. While I’m a political philosopher by training, I’m interested in challenges to reconciliation that arise in several fields, primarily philosophy, politics, economics, law, and religion. Most of my research is concerned with reconciliation, and it captures most of my other professional and personal interests.
I’m driven to understand reconciliation because my day to day life involves an encounter with a radical degree of pluralism, far more than most Americans in the age of polarization. Within the span of a few hours, my social life usually runs the gamut of political and religious difference.
I’m used to it. I even enjoy it! But there is one thing that saddens me: for the most part, these are all good people, yet they have trouble seeing the goodness in one another.
In response, I’d like to create a place that helps reconcile people with different worldviews and values. I believe we are here to love each other and that, however deep the rift, reconciliation is possible. And I can say from experience that reconciliation is one of life’s great joys.
So, welcome to the blog, folks. Let’s try to understand one another, and make peace when we can.