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“Narrating the spirit of justice”

Stauffer, Carl
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) Chapter published in South African Law Journal: Acta Juridica , Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, Juta Press Ltd.

This paper argues that dichotomous thinking of this kind imposes artificial
categorisations on the realities of human existence, inter-relationship, and connectivity;
all of which are core values of, and inextricably intertwined with people-centred justice.
Blaise Pascal once said: ‘Our hearts have reasons; that reason will never understand.’
Instead of seeing the many parts that make up a collective whole, the polities of faith and
legal justice practice often tend to splinter and fragment these diverse facets of life (the
so-called ‘sacred’ and the ‘secular’ elements) that can only truly be understood and fully appreciated when embraced as a cohesive totality.. (excerpt)


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