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Eye for an eye

Author: William Ian Miller
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In its highly original way, this book offers a theory of justice. It is about getting even in a toughminded, unsentimental, but respectful way. And finds that much of what we take to be justice,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Ian Miller
ISBN: 9780521856805 0521856809
OCLC Number: 799540692
Description: xiii, 266 p. ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: a theory of justice?; 1. Introductory themes: images of evenness; 2. The Talion; 3. The Talionic mint: funny money; 4. The proper price of property in an eye; 5. Teaching a lesson: pain and poetic justice; 6. A pound of flesh; 7. Remember me: mnemonics, debts (of blood), and the making of a person; 8. Dismemberment and price lists; 9. Of hands, hospitality, personal space and holiness; 10. Satisfaction not guaranteed; 11. Comparing values and the ranking game; 12. Filthy lucre and holy dollars; Conclusion.
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'Getting even, as the biblical precept implies, is the essence of justice, according to this engaging essay. It's a simple idea, but Miller ... finds a world of social complexity in humanity's Read more...

 
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