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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Guilty Knowledge

"In English, “to justify” can mean [1] to make something just, [2] to show that it is just, [3] to maintain that it is just, or [4] to feign that it is just. The striking thing is that the first and fourth meanings are exactly opposed. According to the first, I am justified when I am finally brought in line with justice. According to the fourth, I am justified when “justice” is finally brought in line with me. Guilty knowledge demands the former; we attempt to appease it, however, by means of the latter. We rationalize. We make excuses."

-Professor J. Budziszewski, "What We Can’t Not Know"

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