Justice and mercy : Phenomenological explorations of theological space

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Bloechl, Jeffrey. (2018). Justice and mercy : Phenomenological explorations of theological space. Philosophy Today. 62(1), pp. 137-148. https://doi.org/10.5840/philtoday201837204
AuthorsBloechl, Jeffrey

To act mercifully is to do more than what is required for justice. The act appears as a positive exception to the rule of law, and thus exhibits an intentionality irreducible to consciousness of a social or political order. In this philosophy of Levinas, occasional references to mercy shed some light on the goodness of the good that is otherwise occluded by overt concentration on social or political justice. However, Levinas’s account of the act itself is not entirely convincing, and attempts to improve upon it lead toward a different conception of being and nature than one finds in his works.

Keywordsjustice; mercy; heart; goodness; transcendence; phenomenology; religion
JournalPhilosophy Today
Journal citation62 (1), pp. 137-148
PublisherDe Paul University, Department of Philosophy
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5840/philtoday201837204
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85046491680
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Page range137-148
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