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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Thinking about justice

Broad notions of justice are often presented in the contrast between risking letting a guilty person walk free and risking imprisoning an innocent person.

It struck me the other day that the only real difference between the two poles is that one would seriously and soberly contemplate the injustice of putting an innocent person in prison. They both are willing to let a guilty person walk free: one because of a lack of certainty of his guilt, the other because it has unjustly imprisoned the wrong person.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jason Gatties said...

I wanted to say hello to a fellow St.Joseph resident. I've found a few on here.

Good looking blog. Keep up the good work and god bless.

Friday, August 12, 2005 6:00:00 AM  
Blogger Peter Young said...

Broad notions of anything are often set up in misleading and false alternatives.

Sunday, August 14, 2005 9:34:00 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Jason:
Hi, welcome to Gower Street!

Pete:
Yet, sadly, that is most of what seems to pass for "thinking" these days, especially in public. We haven't developed much of an appetite for sustained, nuanced argument, and I think we're poorer for it. I don't imagine you disagree.
JF

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 2:47:00 PM  

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