By Jacques Derrida
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19 On this definition, 'punishing the innocent' is an oxymoron. The utilitarian justification of punishment by definition justifies punishing the guilty and not the innocent. One rejoinder to this is that this definition is contentious, because saying that someone was punished for a crime they did not commit is not incoherent. But the main rejoinder is that utilitarianism would nevertheless justify deliberately harming the innocent 28 Moral and Political Philosophy when to do so would have the best consequences.
Kant aimed to identify the supreme moral principle, which he called the Categorical Imperative. He gave two main formulations of this principle. ' Kant argued that a maxim of indifference, that is, recognizing a duty not to harm others but denying a duty to help, could not be willed to be a universal law. The indifferent person may themselves need help in the future so could not will universal indifference. This argument supports a duty to help those in need. '12 The duty to treat persons as ends entails a duty to help those who need our help.
15 According to Rawls, there are two main conditions for civil disobedience to be justified. First, civil disobedience should be limited to instances of 'substantial and clear injustice', namely violations of equal basic liberties or of equality of opportunity (that is, the first two principles in Rawls's conception of social justice). Such injustices are sufficiently substantial and clear to justify illegal protest. In contrast, unjust payor unjust tax is less certain, so the resolution of such issues is normally best left to legal politics, provided that the equal basic liberties are secure.
Archive fever : a Freudian impression by Jacques Derrida