The Compatibility Between Justice and Mercy

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Chanut Naktranun


This research article was qualitative research to study the compatibility between justice and mercy. These two concepts seemed to be incompatible with each other because justice depended on neutrality while mercy depended on the emotion and feeling of the giver. The study found that justice and mercy were compatible with each other by the concept of “merciful justice” that was already proposed by Jeanine Diller for the academic circle of the west. Applying merciful justice in social situations needs careful consideration which is 1. It will always create comparative injustice. 2. Noncomparative justice is a minimum requirement for the one who doesn’t get mercy. 3. The positive impact that is created by mercy must outweigh the negative impact that is created by comparative injustice.


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