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1992

Brian Slattery

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The Myth Of Retributive Justice, Brian Slattery Dec 1991

The Myth Of Retributive Justice, Brian Slattery

Brian Slattery

In fairy tales, villains usually come to a bad end, snared in a trap of their own making, or visited with a disaster nicely suited to their particular villainy. Read a story of this kind to children and you will be struck by the profound satisfaction with which this predictable of events is greeted. Yet, if children cheer when the villain is done in, they are just as satisfied when the hero manages to get the villain by the throat but takes pity and spares him. These tales of retribution and mercy, even reduced to their barest bones, seem to ...