31 October 2010

Gratitude is the other side of vengeance

Gratitude is the other side of vengeance. In a world devoid of desert, a world described only by necessity and fortune, the sentiments of gratitude and of vengeance would be inappropriate. 
When Rawls posits the impossibility of desert he is positting a Hobbesian world of neccesity and fortune, and he is defining justice for precisely such a world: devised out of fairness, where that inner sensibility of what is right or wrong cannot be depended upon. 

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