“Fiat iustitia et pereat mundus”

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Fue en el perfil de la cuenta de twitter de la capitana @ZaidaCantera donde leí por vez primera este lema latino.



Fiat iustitia et pereat mundus” is a Latin phrase meaning: “Let there be justice, though the world perish.”

This sentence, which has not been traced to Classical Rome, was the motto of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, probably originating from Johannes Manlius’s book Loci Communes (1563). It characterizes an attitude, which wants to provide justice at any price. It is actually about half a century older than its first documented use in English literature.

A famous use is by Immanuel Kant, in his 1795 Perpetual Peace (Zum ewigen Frieden. Ein philosophischer Entwurf.), to summarize the counter-utilitarian nature of his moral philosophy, in the form Fiat iustitia, pereat mundus, which he paraphrases as “Let justice reign even if all the rascals in the world should perish from it“.


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