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There is a theory behind this. See my "unknown" behavioral article, "Justice vs. Benevolence"
http://works.bepress.com/mario_rizzo/23/

Concrete empathy (Humean "sympathy") is a source of the virtue of beneficence as opposed -- sometimes -- to justice.

Yup, if John had read some Hume or some Smith (think impartial spectator here), he could have made those connections too.

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