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Volume 6, 2017

Ethics and Justice / Éthique et justice

Robert Bernasconi
Pages 47-58
DOI: 10.5840/ecoethica201765

Lost without Words: The Justice That Surpasses Blind Justice

Emmanuel Levinas can be read as challenging the legal principle that everybody must be treated in the same way without fear of favor, no matter who they are or what status they hold. He did so by highlighting the private suffering that goes unnoticed if justice is blind, as is suggested by the image of Iustitia wearing a blindfold. What this unspeakable suffering means for justice is explored through a reading of Jean Améry’s At the Mind's Limit and Jill Stauffer’s Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard.

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