Chapter Five: Why Eyes? Color, Blindness, and Impartiality

Disputes about how to show Justice’s “face” and about Law’s “sight” reflect the analytic challenges that have engaged philosophers from John Locke to John Rawls, as they parsed the relationships among sensory perceptions, intuition, evidentiary truths, and cognition. The question of sight has also been engaged by leaders of justice systems acknowledging histories of exclusion and unfair subordination based on the gender, race, ethnicity, and class of disputants.”


Inconographical Conventions, Pictorial Puzzles, and Justice’s Blindfold

Constitutional Metaphors and Injustices

  • Color-Blind
  • Impartial or Unjust?  The “Festering Sores” behind the Blindfold in Langston Hughes’s Justice
  • Confrontation, Eyewitnesses, Prison Garb, Spectator’s Badges, and Ostrich Imagery