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Grayling’s question

By AC Grayling   April 2008

The legend on Prince Harry’s cap read “We do bad things to bad people.” Any comments on this interesting ethical principle?

In the field of moral aphorism there is no more contradictory swarm of injunctions, observations and resolutions than those concerning what we do, should do, or should not do to others. Prince Harry’s cap is an entrant to this debate, and it is severely at odds with Christianity as regards what to do to bad people; for, familiarly, the latter says we should offer them the other cheek (though I suppose there is an interpretation of Harry’s cap that…

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