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2008 | 6 | 2-3(20) | 403-413
Article title

ON LAW AND JUSTICE IN AN EXTRA-LOCAL SENSE (PASCAL AND LEVINAS)

Title variants
Languages of publication
PL
Abstracts
EN
In this paper, Pascal's and Levinas' reflection about justice is juxtaposed. Both authors share the conviction that justice is not reducible to any established legal order. For the latter is always local and particular. Justice in an extra-local sense, so-called true justice, transcends the existing order and legally binding laws. According to Levinas, questioning or even destroying the subjectively unjust order in the name of 'metaphysical desire' can serve to limit, but not to eliminate injustice. Pascal is however inclined to claim that the notion of justice has no positive content, therefore it is right and really rational to 'delude people' by not rejecting the existing order but by inculcating the belief that the status quo is just. Yet at the same time, Pascal will talk about the very rare and uncertain, extra-rational intuition of justice given to chosen ones in the act of unearned grace of God.
Keywords
EN
JUSTICE   LAW   LEVINAS   PASCAL  
Contributors
  • Malgorzata Kowalska, for postal address contact the journal editor
References
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
CEJSH db identifier
09PLAAAA067919
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.5487b23d-2150-3b0e-aaaf-ea2c5919a602
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