After our discussion about Justice recently, as part of our discussion about the Socratic Method, I received the following. Perhaps we need to delve more deeply!
Justice. I looked up the word in German. Does Gerechtigkeit fit into what we were discussing, Gerhard? I was disappointed that we did not spend more time on issues beyond social fairness. For example, "cruel and unusual punishment," a frequently heard phrase. How do we know what that means without some idea of what justice is, i.e. not cruel and unusual. And when aggrieved friends and relatives of victims leave a court saying, "Justice was--or was not--done," what do they mean? And how about the death of Socrates himself? Was his fate justice? I guess we all conclude there may be none.