Residues of Justice: Literature, Law, Philosophy

Residues of Justice Literature Law Philosophy In this arresting book Wai Chee Dimock takes on the philosophical tradition from Kant to Rawls challenging its conception of justice as foundational self evident and all encompassing The idea of j

  • Title: Residues of Justice: Literature, Law, Philosophy
  • Author: Wai Chee Dimock
  • ISBN: 9780520202443
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this arresting book, Wai Chee Dimock takes on the philosophical tradition from Kant to Rawls, challenging its conception of justice as foundational, self evident, and all encompassing The idea of justice is based on the premise that the world can be resolved into commensurate terms punishment equal to the crime, redress equal to the injury, benefit equal to the desertIn this arresting book, Wai Chee Dimock takes on the philosophical tradition from Kant to Rawls, challenging its conception of justice as foundational, self evident, and all encompassing The idea of justice is based on the premise that the world can be resolved into commensurate terms punishment equal to the crime, redress equal to the injury, benefit equal to the desert Dimock focuses, however, on what remains unexhausted, unrecovered, and noncorresponding in the exercise of justice To honor these residues, she turns to literature, which, in its linguistic density, transposes the clean abstractions of law and philosophy into persistent shadows, the abiding presence of the incommensurate Justice can only be a partial answer to the phenomenon of human conflict.In arguing for justice as an incomplete virtue, Dimock draws upon legal history, political philosophy, linguistics, theology, and feminist theory she discusses Aristotle and Augustine, Locke and Luther, Marx and Durkheim, Michael Sandel and Carol Gilligan, Noam Chomsky and Mary Ann Glendon She also examines an unusual configuration of nineteenth century American authors, pairing figures such as Herman Melville and Rebecca Harding Davis, Walt Whitman and Susan Warner.The result is a book both passionate and scholarly It invites us to rethink the meanings of literature, law, and philosophy, and to imagine a language of community supple and nuanced than the language of justice.

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