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Retribution and Revenge

Lecture no. 20 from the course: Understanding the Dark Side of Human Nature

Retribution and Revenge

Taught by Professor Daniel Breyer | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

We’ve all heard of people who decide to take the law into their own hands to exact revenge on a perpetrator who harmed them or someone they love—even if that person had already received society’s punishment. Why do we so often feel that need for vengeance? Uncover what we can learn today from the Greek dramatist Aeschylus, as he struggled to reconcile the tension between retributive justice and revenge.

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