Monday, 02 December, 2013
When we think about justice, we often think about retribution, about a process that makes someone who has done wrong pay for what he or she did. This might seem like a natural way to conceive of legal penalties but in "Justice Without Retribution: Chinese Concepts of Punishment," Itaru Tomiya explores a fundamentally different understanding of the function of these processes. In early China, revenge was separate from legal justice, and was instead a matter of ritual. By examining premodern Chinese practices, this talk invites us to reconsider the position of retribution in the law.