The Decline of Mercy in Public Life

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The virtue of mercy is widely admired, but is now marginalized in contemporary public life. Yet for centuries it held a secure place in western public discourse without implying a necessary contradiction with justice. Alex Tuckness and John M. Parrish ask how and why this changed. Examining Christian and non-Christian ancient traditions, along with Kantian and utilitarian strains of thought, they offer a persuasive account of how our perception of mercy has been transformed by Enlightenment conceptions of impartiality and ...

The Decline of Mercy in Public Life 2015, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107661134

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The Decline of Mercy in Public Life 2014, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107050143

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