Tuesday, November 25, 2008
"In English, “to justify” can mean  to make something just,  to show that it is just,  to maintain that it is just, or  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"