On Justice

Communal human life is nothing if not a litany of grave wrongs, in which we refuse to accept that certain lives matter. In fact it is often true that in order for some communities to maintain unity, certain lives must not matter. The texts in this series imagine what happens when the stones that builders of communities reject become the cornerstones of a better future.

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On Justice: Blog Post

The books in this series address three notions of justice: interpersonal justice, social justice, cosmic justice. The first two notions are in our hands. The third notion is trickier. We might view this list and assume that each notion of justice represents an increase in scale. That may be a delusion.


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The philosophical heart of The Scarlet Letter appears in its very first lines. Hawthorne’s narrator writes... "The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison."