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Grayling’s Question

By AC Grayling   February 2009

If justice is relative, how has it inspired so many reform movements?

Thucydides said that history is philosophy teaching by example. In the case of opponents in a conflict, each claiming “justice” for his side, the lesson of history is twofold. One possibility is that one of them is wrong, or that both are. The other possibility is that both are right. The latter case is typical of the hardest moral dilemmas, and is precisely what makes them dilemmas. History further shows that cases in which both disputants have some claim to be right are not all that rare. And…

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