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Eye for an eye

Author: William Ian Miller
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a historical and philosophical study of revenge, and includes a discussion defending retributive justice.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Ian Miller
ISBN: 9780521856805 0521856809 9780521704670 0521704677 0511312016 9780511312014
OCLC Number: 58788907
Description: xiii, 266 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface : a theory of justice? --
1. Introductory themes : images of evenness --
The scales of justice --
Just about words --
2. The talion --
Getting even? --
The compensation principle --
The euphony of eyes and teeth --
3. The talionic mint : funny money --
Body parts and money --
Paying gods in bodies and blood --
Cutting up bread, cutting up the body --
4. The proper price of property in an eye --
Property rules and liability rules --
Life is cheap? --
5. Teaching a lesson : pain and poetic justice --
Instruction on feeling another's pain --
Deuteronomy's artful talionic lesson --
Coda : mixing metaphors : paying back and paying for --
6. A pound of flesh --
Shearing fleece and eating (human) flesh --
Have mercy --
The humanizing force of vengefulness --
7. Remember me : mnemonics, debts (of blood), and the making of the person --
Burning in the memory --
Bloody tokens and the relics of the unavenged dead --
Remembering the dead and not forgetting oneself --
The happy dead --
Grief, guilt, and tormenting ghosts --
The mnemonics of wergeld and the fragility of well-being --
8. Dismemberment and price lists --
Slave values --
The sum of the parts --
Flipping the bird --
9. Of hands, hospitality, personal space, and holiness --
Hospitality and Mund --
Hands and reach --
Wholly holy --
10. Satisfaction not guaranteed --
Release of pressure, or filling the void up full? --
Serving up revenge : bitter or sweet --
The mind of the vengeance target : regret, remorse, cluelessness --
Killing him or keeping him alive for scoffing, and other fine points --
11. Comparing values and the ranking game --
The politics of comparing values, or what's eating the incommensuralists --
The ranking game --
Ranking at a Viking feast --
12. Filthy lucre and holy dollars --
Dirty dollars and the making of pricelessness --
Buying back and the sacred --
Everything for sale --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: William Ian Miller.
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