Retribution


Restoring to right order, or restoring the good.


  • After an evil action, there should be a restoration of balance and order in society.
    ~ Restitution to the victim may be required of the criminal who steals, for example.
  • Retribution does not mean vindication or revenge.
    ~ These actions are sinful in nature
  • Lex Talionis, or an 'eye for an eye' from the biblical tradition of Mosaic Law, appeals to this restoration of the good.


  • "That Cain was not killed, but bore in the sight of all men a mark of reprobation is, in any case, the lesson we should draw from the Old Testament.

    - Albert Camus

    Andy Warhol



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