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Collective Guilt and Collective Punishment

By George P. Fletcher

Abstract

Attitudes toward collective guilt in the Middle East require us to take a closer look at guilt in the Bible. It turns out the text of Genesis is conflicted. Some passages support a theory of guilt linked with the inevitability of cleansing and punishment; other passages appear to treat guilt as a psychological state that might be cured by a confession of sins. The tension is important today in trying to understand whether the collective guilt of nations should also entail collective punishment

Topics: Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Law, Law and Philosophy, Religion Law
Publisher: 'Center for Open Science'
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:scholarship.law.columbia.edu:faculty_scholarship-2065
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