Philosophia 41 (3):719-735 (2013)

I offer a solution to an old puzzle about how God can be both just and merciful at the same time—a feat which seems required of God, but at the same time seems impossible since showing mercy involves being more lenient than justice demands. Inspired by two of Jesus’ parables and work by Feinberg, Johnson and Smart, I suggest that following a “principle of merciful justice”—that persons ought to receive what they deserve or better—delivers mercy and justice simultaneously, certainly in cases of distributions of goods, and even in cases of distribution of harms as well, if we can accept some qualifications
Keywords Mercy  Justice  Comparative justice  Noncomparative justice  Forgiveness  Parables  Contradiction in conception  Contradiction in will
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-013-9445-2
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