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Eye for an Eye

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ISBN-10: 0521704677

ISBN-13: 9780521704670

Edition: 2007 (Annotated)

Authors: William Ian Miller

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This book is a historical and philosophical meditation on paying back and buying back, that is, it is about retaliation and redemption. It takes the law of the talion-eye for an eye, tooth for tooth- seriously. In its biblical formulation that law states the value of my eye in terms of your eye, the value of your teeth in terms of my teeth. Eyes and teeth become units of valuation. But the talion doesn't stop there. It seems to demand that eyes, teeth, and lives are also to provide the means of payment. Bodies and body parts, it seems, have a just claim to being not just money, but the first and precisest of money substances. In its highly original way, the book offers a theory of justice,…    
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 282
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface: a theory of justice?
Introductory themes: images of evenness
The Talion
The Talionic mint: funny money
The proper price of property in an eye
Teaching a lesson: pain and poetic justice
A pound of flesh
Remember me: mnemonics, debts (of blood), and the making of a person
Dismemberment and price lists
Of hands, hospitality, personal space and holiness
Satisfaction not guaranteed
Comparing values and the ranking game
Filthy lucre and holy dollars
Conclusion